Alaska: effort to alter merit selection withdrawn in Senate, effectively dead in the House

The effort to change the makeup of the Alaska Judicial Council, which serves as both the judicial nominating commission and the judicial evaluation commission in the state, appears dead. The author of the lead bill (SJR 21) withdrew the bill Saturday April 12 after announcing he was unable to get the 2/3rds vote (14 out 20 senators) needed for approval. The plan would have allowed the governor to pick 6 out 10 members of a revised Judicial Council (details here). Meanwhile, the House version (HJR 33) had been dormant pending the outcome of the Senate’s actions on its version. It now appears unlikely that bill will come back up this session.