Week ahead: Tennessee may require judicial performance evaluation votes be made public, possible vote on judicial performance in Virginia

Legislatures Coming Into Session

Wyoming 2/10/2014
Arkansas 2/10/2014

Committee Activity of Note

February 10

Georgia Senate Judiciary Committee

SR 808 (Constitutional Amendment) Prohibits state court use or reference to international or foreign law. Provides if other state court uses international or foreign law, full faith and credit will not be extended to that decision/judicial act. Prior coverage here.

February 11

Virginia House

(Possible) Third reading/vote on HB 272 Requires the judicial performance evaluation program to submit evaluation reports on justices and judges whose terms expire during the next session of the General Assembly to the Chairmen of the House and Senate Committees for Courts of Justice by December 1 of each year. Provides such reports to the General Assembly are public records, but all other records created or maintained by or on behalf of the program are confidential.

February 12

Arizona House Public Safety, Military and Regulatory Affairs Committee

HB 2457 Renames and revises authorization for homeless courts to allow for creation of homeless, veterans, or mental health courts in justice or municipal courts.

Tennessee House Civil Justice Committee

HB 1559 Requires votes by members of the judicial performance evaluation commission on any report that is required to be published and disclosed to be by roll call in a public meeting.

February 13

Alabama House and Senate Constitution, Campaign Finance, Ethics, and Elections Committee Joint Meeting

SB 253 (Constitutional Amendment) Allows for impeachment of district court judges by Circuit Court, removes reference to impeachment of chancery court judges.

February 14