Rhode Island: bill requires Judicial Nominating Commission name at least one person of color for every judicial vacancy

Legislation introduced last week in the Rhode Island House would require the state’s Judicial Nominating Commission (JNC) send at least one person of color for every judicial vacancy in the state.

HB 7455 amends the current law, which requires a list of 3-5 names, to add that the list “shall include a person of color.” The bill also requires that in making appointments to the JNC the governor and others “ensure that the membership of the commission reflects the racial, ethnic, and gender diversity of the state’s population.”

HB 7455 has been assigned to the House Judiciary Committee.