HB 542 - Judges, circuit, district, appellate, and Supreme Court Justices, nonpartisan election, special ballot for state judicial candidates, filing fee

Sponsor(s): Rep. Jeff McLaughlin

Summary/Synopsis: Under existing law, candidates for circuit or district court judgeships are nominated by political parties and are included on the general election ballots in a column under the party name and emblem.
This bill would provide for the nonpartisan election of candidates for circuit and district court judgeships, would provide for a filing fee to be paid by the candidates to be deposited into the State General Fund, and would provide for filing with the Secretary of State an affidavit of indegency in lieu of payment of the filing fee.
League Action & Justification: LWVAL is monitoring HB 542. The League does not have a specific position supporting nonpartisan election but is generally opposed to the partisan election of judges.  The League does support merit selection.

Bill Progress in the Legislature: 2/11/2010: 1st reading and referred to Was listed for consideration by C&E at committee meeting on 3/24/2010, Room 603, 9 a.m.

HB 620 - Provides for the nonpartisan election of candidates for circuit and district court judgeships, would provide for a filing fee to be paid by the candidates to be deposited into the State General Fund, and would provide for filing with the Secretary of State an affidavit of indigency in lieu of payment of the filing fee.

Sponsor(s): Rep. Charles O. Newton

Summary/Synopsis: Under existing law, candidates for state judicial offices, including the offices of Chief Justice and Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, Judge of the Court of Criminal Appeals, Judge of the Court of Civil Appeals, circuit court judge, and district court judge, are nominated by political parties and are included on the general election ballots in a column under the party name  and emblem.

This bill would provide for the nonpartisan election of candidates for state judicial office.  The bill would require a special ballot for state judicial candidates. The bill would provide for a  filing fee to be paid by candidates for state  judicial office to the Secretary of State, to be  split between the parties. The bill would provide for filing with the Secretary of State an affidavit of indigency in lieu of payment of the filing fee.
League Action & Justification: LWVAL is monitoring HB 620. The League does not have a specific position supporting nonpartisan election but is generally opposed to the partisan election of judges.  The League does support merit selection.

Bill Progress in the Legislature: 2/23/2010: 1st reading and referred to