Government Accountability, including Ethics in Government

LWVAL Action Priority Level I (Highest) - Monitoring and action of highest priority. Major area for resource expenditures.

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LWVAL has taken a position on these bills:

thumbs_down_icon.jpgSB8 - Court of the Judiciary, appeals to Supreme Court, legislative approval of Supreme Court decisions, continued service of judge upon filing of complaint with the Judicial Inquiry Comm., auth. const. amend.

Sponsor(s): Senator Hightower

Synopsis: Currently, decisions about a judge made by the Court of the Judiciary can be appealed to the Alabama Supreme Court. This proposed Constitutional amendment would add another layer of review. The legislature would review the Supreme Court's decision and a vote of 2/3 of the legislators would be needed to remove the judge. Moreover, this amendment would remove the requirement that a judge be disqualified from acting as a judge upon the filing of a complaint with the Court of the Judiciary.


League Action and Justification: Oppose. This would make removal of a judge strictly political.

Bill Progress in Legislature:
02/07/2017:
First Read and assigned to Senate committee on Judiciary (JUD)

thumbs_down_icon.jpgSB11 - Constitutional Amendment - Judicial Inquiry Commission and Court of the Judiciary, abolished, const. amend.

Sponsor(s): Senator Hightower

Synopsis: This proposed Constitutional amendment would abolish the Court of the Judiciary and the Judicial Inquiry Commission and any reference to them.


League Action and Justification: Oppose. This weakens oversight of the judiciary.

Bill Progress in Legislature:
02/07/2017:
First Read and assigned to Senate committee on Judiciary (JUD)

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