Missouri amendment to give governors control over judicial selection process

Bill: SJR51 (PDF)

Sponsored by Sen. Jim Lembke and Rep. Stanley Cox, but defeated in the Nov. 6, 2012 election, SJR51 is a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment that puts the selection of Supreme Court and appellate court nominees strongly in the hands of the elected Governor of the State. Under the proposed amendment, the governor would appoint four of the seven commissioners who choose nominees for the Court of Appeals and the Missouri Supreme Court. The amendment aims to end a longstanding judicial nomination process dominated by unelected liberal trial lawyers.

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