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Attacks on Merit Selection, 2011

 STATE  MEASURE  CATEGORY COMMENT
Arizona
HCR 2020 Constitutional Amendment

End Merit Selection: Governor to fill judicial vacancies with Senate confirmation.

Change Retention: Reappointment and legislator reconfirmation required for new terms.

Arizona
HCR 2026
Constitutional Amendment Change Merit election: Restrict to counties with 500,000 or more people (now 250,000).
Arizona SB 1482 Bill
Evaluation: Requires online posting of all decisions by an appellate judges facing re-election.
Arizona SCR 1040
Constitutional Amendment

Change Merit Selection: Requires Senate confirmation of judicial appointees.

Change Merit Selection: Strips state bar of power to fill some seats on judicial nominating panels.

Change Retention: Ends retention elections, requiring legislative reconfirmation.

Arizona SCR 1042 Constitutional Amendment Change Merit Selection: Governor chooses lawyer members of nominating panels, instead of bar.
Arizona SCR 1043 Constitutional Amendment Change Merit Selection: Panels would list all legally qualified applicants, and rank by merit.
Arizona SCR 1044
Constitutional Amendment Change Merit Selection: Governor could ignore nominating panel and appoint any candidate.
Arizona SCR 1045 Constitutional Amendment Change Merit Selection: State bar would not nominate attorney members for judicial panels.
Arizona SCR 1046 Constitutional Amendment

Change Merit Selection: Governor's judicial appointees subject to Senate confirmation.

Change Merit Selection: Would revise membership of judicial nominating commissions.

Arizona SCR 1048 Constitutional Amendment

Change Retention: Senate would vote on retaining a judge for additional terms.

Change Retention: Judges would stay on bench unless two-thirds of the Senate votes against.

Arizona SCR 1049 Constitutional Amendment

Change Merit Selection: Would revise judicial nomination commission membership.

Change Merit Selection: Expand from three to seven the nominees submitted to a governor.

Change Merit Selection: Would require Senate confirmation of governor's nominees. 

Tennessee HB 1702 Bill Change Retention: Requires appellate judges to obtain 75% of retention election vote (now 50%).
Tennessee HB 1017 Bill

Change Merit Selection: Governor can ignore names submitted by nominating panel.

Change Retention: Appointed judge would later have to run in a contested election.

Tennessee HB 231 Bill End Merit Selection: Supreme court justices would be chosen through nonpartisan elections
Tennessee HB 958 Bill End Merit Selection: Requires popular election of  trial, appellate, judges, and high-court judges.
Oklahoma HJR 1008 Constitutional Amendment End Merit Selection: Partisan elections for all appellate judges.
Oklahoma  HJR 1009 Constitutional Amendment

Change Merit Selection: Governor could ignore commission nominees for appellate court. 

Change Merit Selection: Senate confirmation required of governor's appointments.

Kansas HB 2101 Bill End Merit Selection: For appellate court only; Senate would confirm nominations from governor
Kansas  HCR 5015 Constitutional Amendment End Merit Selection: For Supreme Court; Senate would confirm nominations from governor.
Florida HJR 1097 Constitutional Amendment 

End merit selection: Eliminate nominating panels for supreme court and district courts of appeals.

End Merit Selection: Governor to appoint, with Senate confirmation

Missouri HJR 18 Constitutional Amendment 

Change Merit Selection: Would increase judicial nominees submitted to a governor, from three to five. 

Change Merit Selection: Governor could reject first slate of names and receive a second list.

Missouri SJR 17 Constitutional Amendment  

Change Merit Selection: Would expand judicial nominating commissions.

Change Merit Selection: Would reduce ratio of attorney members to non-attorney members.

New York A 00309  Bill Change Merit Selection: Panel would send all well qualified candidates to governor for high court.
Hawaii HB 1647 Constitutional Amendment Change Merit Selection: Governor must publicly disclose all nominees received from commission.

 

 
 
 
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