Legislatures Coming Into Session
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Committee Activity of Note
Florida Senate Judiciary Committee
Hawaii Senate Judiciary Committee
HB 275 (Constitutional Amendment) Authorizes the chief justice to appoint judges who have retired upon attaining the age of seventy years as emeritus judges. Permits appointed judges to serve as temporary judges in courts no higher than the court level they reached prior to retirement and for terms not to exceed three months per each appointment. Prior coverage here. Coverage of 2012 loss here.
HB 420 (Constitutional Amendment) Requires the judicial selection commission to publicly disclose its list of nominees for appointment to the office of the chief justice, supreme court, intermediate appellate court, circuit courts, or district courts concurrently with its presentation of that list to the governor or the chief justice. Prior coverage here.
Alabama Senate Judiciary Committee
SB 440 Provides rebuttable presumption of judicial recusal where party, attorney, or law firm in case gave 25% of all contributions to judge’s campaign. Prior coverage 0f House version of bill (HB 543) here.
Minnesota Senate Rules and Administration – Subcommittee on Elections
SB 1082 (Constitutional Amendment) Provides for merit selection for all judges in state with performance evaluation commission.
Tennessee House Civil Justice Committee, Civil Justice Subcommittee
HB 1767 Requires all appellate judges be elected via contested elections unless November 2014 constitutional amendment providing for different system approved by voters.
Arizona House Judiciary Committee
SB 1266 Allows an elected or appointed judicial officer, under certain conditions, to carry a deadly weapon in the court facility where the judicial officer works.