Over the last several years bills have been introduced in the Rhode Island House to mandate more diversity in the state’s courts (see here for the 2017 efforts and here and here for the 2016.) Prior proposals included guaranteeing certain trial court judgeships to “persons of color”. This year’s plan includes a return of a prior proposal: guaranteeing certain Judicial Nominating Commission seats to “persons of color.”
Under HB 7532 as filed the 9-member commission would, starting in 2019, must have at least 3 persons of color.
HB 7532 has been filed in the House Judiciary Committee.