Connecticut: study of public financing for Probate Court races clears committee 11-4

As previously noted most judges in Connecticut are appointed (and reappointed) to office and are not subject to elections. The only exception is the state’s Probate Court. A bill that has now cleared the Connecticut legislature’s Joint Government Administration and Elections Committee would direct a study to determine whether or not to bring those elections into the state’s existing public finance system.

HB 5389, as approved 11-4 on March 11, requires the State Elections Enforcement Commission report by January 15, 2018 on the feasibility of extending public financing under the Citizens’ Elections Program. In addition to findings and recommendations, the Commission would be required to submit draft legislation for implementation.

HB 5389 now goes to the House and Senate for votes.