Arizona: For third time in 5 years, legislature attempts to expand Supreme Court from 5 to 7

The ongoing effort to expand the Arizona Supreme Court, first started in earnest in 2011, has been reintroduced. HB 2537 of 2016 would again attempt to increase the court from 5 to 7 members.

This effort is in stark contrast with the 2015 attempt (HB 2076, discussed here) which was never formally introduced as a bill and instead added at the last minute as an amendment to another bill (a “striker” that eliminated the other bill’s entire text). The 2015 effort came out of committee but died on the House floor.

The third recent attempt, SB 1481 of 2011 discussed here, was brought before the Senate Judiciary Committee with no notice to the Supreme Court itself. The author later explained his bill: “I just thought that I might give the opportunity for two additional attorneys to sit on the supreme court.” The bill was ultimately rejected by the committee, but on a 3-4 vote.

HB 2537 has been assigned to the House Judiciary Committee.

 

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