House panel advances judicial selection proposals

House panel advances judicial selection proposals


NASHVILLE (AP) -- The House Judiciary Committee has advanced three proposals on changes to the way Tennessee appellate judges are appointed.

The panel's chairman says the final shape of the measures will largely depend on Republican Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey.

The Tennessee Plan for judicial selection is set to expire at the end of June. Ramsey wants to scrap the 17-member panel that is tasked with presenting three finalists for appeals courts for the governor to choose from.

Democratic House Judiciary Chairman Kent Coleman of Murfreesboro says his preference is to keep the current system as it is.

But Coleman notes the 19-14 GOP advantage in the Senate gives Ramsey a strong advantage on determining what the final version of the bill will be.

The proposals sponsored by Coleman and Republican Reps. Joe McCord of Maryville and Jon Lundberg of Bristol were sent to the House Government Operations committee.

The bills are HB1448, HB2141 and HB1892.

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