BILLSenate Bill 0281, House Bill 0231 Sponsor(s): Bell in the Senate; Dunn in the House
As introduced, requires justices of the Supreme Court to be chosen by nonpartisan elections. Amends TCA Title 2; Title 16 and Title 17.
Senate: Referred to the Judiciary Committee on 2/9/2011.
House: Assigned to a Judiciary Committee subcommittee on 2/18/11.
This bill would repeal the current process by which Tennessee Supreme Court Justices are appointed by the Governor and later subject to an uncontested retention election. It would reinstall contested elections for the Court with Judges running in 5 districts (Constitution requires 5 Justices.)