A plan to give legislative leaders picks on the state’s judicial nominating commissions, at the expense of the governor, cleared its first legislative hurdle in late January.
Currently the commissions are made up of
- 4 picks by the Governor from lists provided by the State Bar Board of Governors, all of whom must be engaged in the practice of law. The Governor is allowed to reject the lists.
- 5 picks by the Governor, at least two of whom must be engaged in the practice of law.
Under HB 753 as approved in the House Judiciary Committee’s Civil Justice and Claims subcommittee, the 4 picks by the Governor from lists provided by the State Bar Board of Governors would transfer to the House Speaker (2) and President of the Senate (2). All 4 would have to be engaged in the practice of law but the list of names provided by the Bar would be advisory only.
HB 753 now goes to the full House Judiciary Committee.