Legislature moving quickly on chief justice change

Legislature moving quickly on constitutional amendment changing how chief justice selected
Legislature moving quickly on chief justice change

The Legislature is moving quickly on a proposed constitutional amendment would change the way that the Supreme Court chief justice is selected.

Currently, the chief justice is based on seniority. The proposal would require that the chief justice instead be selected by a majority of the seven justices serving on the court and be limited to no serving no more than six years in a row.

The Republican-sponsored amendment was introduced last week and it’s scheduled for committee votes in the Senate on Tuesday and the Assembly on Thursday. Even though it is moving quickly, the amendment is a long way from being added to the constitution.

It would have to pass two consecutive legislative sessions and be approved by a vote of the people statewide before taking effect.