A member of the Iowa House has introduced 3 pieces of legislation targeting the state’s Supreme Court, the latest legislative reaction to orders released by the Supreme Court last year regarding a new law that expanded where guns could be carried first discussed here. The orders limited courthouse carrying of firearms, much to the anger of some legislators.
- HF 2036 as filed reduces the salaries for justices to $25,000, the same as that of legislators in the state. The author of the bill said in summer 2017 “If the Supreme Court wants to act like legislators they need to start getting paid like legislators.”
- HJR 2001 would amend the state’s constitution to end retention elections for the court and give supreme court justices a single 8-year term.
- HJR 2002 would amend the state’s constitution to reduce the terms for supreme court justices down from “not less than 8 years” to “not less than 4 years.”
All three bills are not pending in the House Judiciary Committee.