Week ahead: mandatory recusal for Illinois judges receiving campaign contributions over $500, court technology fees in NH, stripping Arkansas Supreme Court of rulemaking authority

March 4th, 2013 by Bill Raftery Leave a reply »

Coming into session

Florida 3/5/20213

March 4

Arkansas Joint Committee on Public Retirement & Social Security Programs

SB 201 Repeals automatic loss of retirement benefits for judges who seek office after reaching 70 years of age.

Arkansas Senate Committee on State Agencies and Governmental Affairs.

SJR 6 (Constitutional Amendment) Removes Supreme Court’s rulemaking power and transfers to legislature.

March 5

Arizona House

HB 2600 Provides merit selection commissions must provide governor at least 5 names (constitution says at least 3 names) to fill a judicial vacancy. Approved by House Public Safety, Military and Regulatory Affairs Committee 2/20/13.

Illinois Senate Judiciary Committee

SB 1768 Allows Supreme Court to set additional filing and other fees to pay for e-filing and electronic case management systems and to pay for Supreme Court established committees and commissions.

March 6

Florida Senate Judiciary Committee

SB 58 Provides any court, arbitration, tribunal, or administrative agency ruling or decision violates the public policy of this state and is void and unenforceable if the court, arbitration, tribunal, or administrative agency bases its ruling or decision in the matter at issue in whole or in part on any foreign law, legal code, or system that does not grant the parties affected by the ruling or decision the same fundamental liberties, rights, and privileges guaranteed by the State Constitution or the United States Constitution. Establishes exceptions for business contracts, corporations, partnerships, or other forms of business association. Permits religions organizations to adjudicate ecclesiastical matters. Provides that proposed law is not to be in conflict with U.S. treaties

Illinois House Judiciary Committee

HB 2218 Provides that the Supreme Court shall establish rules requiring that immediately upon the assignment of a matter to a judge, an attorney in the matter must disclose to the court and parties to the matter any campaign contribution made to the judge by the attorney or the attorney’s law firm. Provides that the rules shall provide that in the event that the aggregate of any campaign contributions made in the past 5 years to the judge’s campaign by the attorney or the attorney’s law firm was in excess of $500, the judge shall disqualify himself or herself upon timely application made by a party to the matter who has not made any contribution to the judge’s campaign. Provides that the rules shall not preclude disqualification due to any other rule or with respect to contributions under $500 or made more than 5 years before the assignment of the matter to the judge. Provides that the rules shall apply to contributions to a person who becomes a judge and who received contributions to the person’s campaign for a nomination for election to any judicial office, an election of a judicial candidate, and a judicial retention election.

New Hampshire House

HB 652 Increases court filing fees and increases the percentage of such fees to be deposited in the judicial branch information technology fund. Approved by House Judiciary Committee 2/19/13.

March 7

March 8

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