North Dakota: Newly elected House member proposes (literal) military takeover of Judicial Conduct Commission

A bill filed yesterday by a newly elected member of North Dakota’s House would provide for the state’s military to take over the North Dakota Judicial Conduct Commission.

Currently the 7-member commission is made up of 2 District Court judges chosen by their fellow judges, 1 lawyer picked by the state bar’s board of governors, and 4 citizens who aren’t judges, retired judges, or lawyers picked by the governor.

Under HB 1313 the commission would instead be made up of 7 active or retired members of the military chosen by the state’s Adjutant General who serves as the commander of the state’s National Guard.

HB 1313 has been forwarded to the House Judiciary Committee.

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