Legislatures Coming Into Session
Maryland Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee
SB 367 (Constitutional Amendment) Ends elections for Circuit Court. Requires the Governor, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, to appoint judges and to reappoint and reconfirm for additional terms. Reduces term of office of circuit court judges from 15 to 10 years. Allows but does not require Governor create judicial nominating commission; if such commission created must reflect diversity of state.
Tennessee House Civil Justice Committee
HJR 54 Requests Tennessee Supreme Court adopt rule to provide free online public access to video of oral arguments.
Tennessee Senate Judiciary Committee
SB 41 Establishes advisory task forces to study and report recommendations on electronic filing in state courts and the appointment of counsel for indigent defendants.
Montana House Local Government Committee
HB 430 Creates judicial redistricting commission to recommend changes to district lines for 2017 legislature.