Week ahead: changing judicial selection in Alaska and Texas; Texas “Chancery” courts; increasing NC mandatory judicial retirement age; Tennessee court e-filing task force

March 23
March 24

North Carolina House Pensions and Retirement Committee

HB 50 Allows judges to serve until the *end of the year* they reach 72 (currently may serve until *end of the month*).

Tennessee House Civil Justice Committee

HB 144 Establishes advisory task forces to study and report recommendations on electronic filing in state courts and the appointment of counsel for indigent defendants

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.

SB 649 Establishes advisory task forces to study and report recommendations on electronic filing in state courts and the appointment of counsel for indigent defendants.

Texas House Business & Industry Committee

HB 1603 Creates chancery court and the court of chancery appeals to hear certain complex civil cases.

Texas House Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence Committee

HB 25 Ends straight-party voting for judicial offices.

March 25

Tennessee House Civil Justice Committee, Civil Justice Subcommittee

HB 1306 Requires any meeting of supreme court justices where voting for a candidate for the office of attorney general and reporter occurs to be subject to the open meetings law

Washington Senate Ways & Means Committee

SB 5449 Creates a tax division of the court of appeals.

March 26

Alaska Senate State Affairs Committee

SJR 3 (Constitutional Amendment) Expands Judicial Council from 7 to 10. Provides governor to name majority of council members (6 out of 10). Requires all members of Council be confirmed by legislature. Provides quorum of 7 to take any action.

March 27