Arizona: bill to end merit/commission system in state transferred to and approved by House Appropriations committee; state would use nonpartisan elections

A plan to end Arizona’s merit/commission system of selection for appellate judges and some Superior Court judges was removed from the House Judiciary Committee, transferred to the Appropriations committee, and approved on an 8-5 vote yesterday.

HCR 2028 would require judges of the state’s Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, and Superior Court in counties over 250,000 use a nonpartisan election system; nonpartisan elections are already in place for Superior Court in counties under 250,000. The plan also specifically targets the state’s supreme court by reducing the terms of justices from 6 years down to 4 years. It also eliminates the Judicial Performance Review Commission.

HCR 2028 now goes to the House Rules Committee.