Legislatures Coming Into Session
Hearings and Votes
February 8, 2016
Florida House Floor, 2nd Reading Calendar
HJR 197 (Constitutional Amendment) Creates term limits for appellate judges. Prohibits service of more than two terms.
February 9, 2016
Missouri Senate Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee
SJR 30 Provides that when a judicial vacancy occurs in a court under the nonpartisan court plan the Governor shall appoint the new judge from a list of names, rather than from a list of three names, submitted by a nonpartisan judicial commission.
Oklahoma House Judiciary and Civil Procedure Committer
HB 2798 Provides where there is a challenge to a state statute as being unconstitutional, the District Court is to sit as a three judge panel.
February 10, 2016
Arizona House Federalism & States’ Rights Committee
HB 2024 Prohibits state courts from enforcing U.S. Supreme Court decisions unless decision is affirmed by Congress.
HB 2201 Prohibits state courts from enforcing federal court rulings unless decision is affirmed by Congress.
Arizona House Judiciary Committee
HB 2219 Establishes the Supreme Court as the entity responsible for licensing attorneys for the practice of law in Arizona and specifies membership of any organization is not required for attorneys to become or remain a licensed attorney in Arizona.
HB 2221 Establishes the Supreme Court as the entity responsible for regulation of attorneys. Specifies limited reasons Supreme Court may collect assessment/fees from attorneys.
HB 2357 Expands supreme court from 5 to 7 members.
HCM 2002 Urges Supreme Court to modify its rules related to the State Bar of Arizona to ensure the protection of First Amendment freedoms.
Hawaii Senate Judiciary and Labor Committee
SB 2238 Requires the judiciary, office of elections, and campaign spending commission to study appropriate methods of implementing a judicial election system in the State and submit a written report, including proposed legislation, to the legislature.
SB 2239 (Constitutional Amendment) Ends merit selection of judges. Requires justices and judges be elected to serve six-year terms and be subject to the consent of the senate for subsequent judicial terms.
SB 2420 (Constitutional Amendment) Retains merit selection of judges. Provides judges seeking additional terms in office must be reapproved by judicial selection commission and confirmed by senate (currently only need be reapproved by judicial selection commission). Provides if Senate fails to act within 90 days, judge is returned to office by default.
SB 2498 (Constitutional Amendment) Requires written notice of an appointment to the senate for advice and consent concurrent with the governor, judicial selection commission, or chief justice’s making of the appointment. Clarifies that the senate’s thirty-day period to reject a judicial appointment begins on the senate’s receipt of written notice of the governor’s, chief justice’s, or judicial selection commission’s appointment.
Indiana Senate Judiciary Committee
HB 1047 Creates the circuit and superior court motion clerk pilot program to provide assistance to courts with preparing orders for complex motions. Provides that the judicial center may administer the pilot program. Requires the judicial center to report to the interim study committee on courts and the judiciary concerning the pilot program. Requires the committee to receive reports concerning the pilot program, and allows the committee to make recommendations and to propose legislation concerning the pilot program.
February 11, 2016
February 12, 2016