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Selection Snapshots

Former Pennsylvania Governors Make Bipartisan Push to End Judicial Elections

Malia Reddick
Four former Pennsylvania governors, including two Democrats and two Republicans, joined together in expressing support for a proposal to change the way the state’s appellate judges are selected. A bill introduced in the senate in January calls for appellate judges to be chosen through a merit selection process rather...

Kansas Legislature Approves New Selection Method for Court of Appeals Judges

Malia Reddick
By a vote of 28-12, the senate gave final approval to a bill that ends the role of the nominating commission in appointing court of appeals judges and requires senate confirmation of such appointments. The house of representatives passed the bill earlier this month. The constitution need not be amended to accomplish...

Bill Would Expand Florida Governor's Authority over Judicial Nominating Commission

Malia Reddick
As it did in 2012, Florida’s house of representatives has proposed giving the governor greater authority over the membership of the state’s judicial nominating commissions. Of the nine members, four are appointed from recommendations by the state bar. The proposed measure stipulates that the other five members would...