Judicial vote advances

On April 17, 2012, in News 2012, by Mark Norris

Tennessean.com
April 17, 2012

Separately, senators voted 21-9 for a proposed constitutional amendment dealing with the selection of judges.

Senate Joint Resolution 183 would give the legislature the power to hold retention elections for judges chosen through a nominating commission — the state’s current method for choosing judges — or to hold contested elections.

The measure is the latest attempt to settle a long-standing fight over electing judges in Tennessee. But even if passed by the House, it would leave many questions about judicial selection unanswered until next year.

“This gives us options,” said Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, R-Collierville, the measure’s sponsor. “This is the last window of opportunity that Tennesseans have to get this matter on the ballot in 2014.”

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