Week ahead: retention elections for NC appellate courts; Texas AG can get special 3-judge courts to hear challenges to state laws; another TX interim study on judicial selection; broadcasting TN Supreme Court hearings online; mandate veterans courts in every CA Superior Court; guns in IL courthouses but not courtrooms

April 20

North Carolina House Judiciary I Committee

HB 222 Continues nonpartisan elections (or appointment if filling interim vacancy) for initial terms for appellate judges. Provides additional terms of office to be via yes/no retention elections.

Oregon House Judiciary Committee

HB 3399 Requires justice court or municipal court to record criminal proceedings.

Texas Senate State Affairs Committee

SB 455 Provides challenges to state laws to be heard on request of Attorney General by three-judge panels of District Court two of whom are to be chosen by Chief Justice.

April 21

Alabama Senate Judiciary Committee

SB 369 Provides probate court judges to receive salaries as a percentage of district court judges and adjusted for years of service. Repeals law giving probate judges 5 cents per name for preparation of voter lists.

California Assembly Public Safety and Veterans Affairs Committee (joint hearing)

AB 983 Requires creation of veterans courts in every superior court.

Tennessee House Finance, Ways, & Means Committee, main subcommittee

HJR 54 Requests Tennessee Supreme Court adopt rule to provide free online public access to video of oral arguments.

Texas House Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence Committee

HB 2088 Requests interim study regarding the method by which district judges and appellate justices and judges are selected.

April 22

April 23

April 24

Illinois Senate Judiciary Committee, Firearms Subcommittee (last day to consider bill)

SB 1637 Provides that the prohibition on carrying a concealed firearm into a courthouse does not apply to a licensee who is a circuit or associate judge, State’s Attorney, or Assistant State’s Attorney; provided that the judge, State’s Attorney, or Assistant State’s Attorney does not carry a concealed firearm at any time while in a courtroom. Provides that the firearm, when it is not carried on the person of the judge, State’s Attorney, or Assistant State’s Attorney, shall be stored in a secure area in a locked compartment designated by the sheriff, or if in a building only under the control of the court in a locked compartment designated by the chief judge or resident judge.