Week Ahead: More attempts to change judicial selection in KS; expanding AZ Supreme Court; increasing the mandatory retirement age for MD judges

Legislatures Going Out of Session

New Mexico 2/18

Hearings and Votes

February 15, 2016

Arizona House Rules Committee

HB 2537 Increases Supreme Court from 5 to 7 members.

Kansas Senate Judiciary Committee

SB 440 Pertains to Supreme Court’s general administrative authority over judicial branch.

February 16, 2016

Kansas House Judiciary Committee

HCR 5013 (Constitutional Amendment) Changes Supreme Court nominating commission membership: 4 members chosen by election of bar members (one per congressional district); 5 members chosen by governor (one per congressional district + 1 statewide to serve as chair); 6 members chosen by legislature (2 House Speaker; 1 House Minority Leader; 2 Senate President; 1 Senate Minority Leader).

Maryland Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee

SB 502 (Constitutional Amendment) Increases mandatory retirement age for judges from 70 to 73.

February 17, 2016

Kansas House Judiciary Committee

HB 2652 Increases number of names sent to governor from judicial nominating commissions to fill district court vacancies from minimum 2/maximum 3 to minimum 3/maximum 5.

Kansas Senate Judiciary Committee

SB 454 Sets or amends court docket fees and charges.

February 18, 2016

February 19, 2016