Legislatures Coming Into Session
Hearings and Votes
Kansas House Judiciary Committee
SB 17 Revises Judicial Council membership. Adds House and Senate Corrections and Juvenile Justice Committee chairs.
South Carolina House Judiciary Committee
HB 4665 Requires candidates for magistrates court to be screened by the judicial merit selection commission before they may be appointed by the governor by and with the consent of the senate
New Hampshire House Judiciary Committee
HB 1270 Provides judges must give precisely worded jury nullification instruction: “The test you must use is this: If you have a reasonable doubt as to whether the state has proved any one or more of the elements of the crime charged, you must find the defendant not guilty. If you find that the law does not apply to the proven facts of the case, you must find the defendant not guilty. However, if you find, that the state has proved all of the elements of the offense charged beyond a reasonable doubt, but you find that based upon the facts of this case a guilty verdict will yield an unjust result, you may find the defendant not guilty.”
HB 1333 Provides judges must give precisely worded jury nullification instructions that include the jury’s power to “veto bad laws”.
HB 1386 Creates legislative procedure for a member of the legislature to introduce a citizen’s petition for redress of grievances to include removing judges from office.
Kansas Senate Judiciary Committee
Overview and Discussion on: Soloman vs. State (case that held unconstitutional legislature’s attempt to strip supreme court of administrative powers over the lower courts) and impact on separation of powers