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House Joint Resolution 2014

HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION BY HAGENOW HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 1 A Joint Resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution 2 of the State of Iowa abolishing the district judicial 3 nominating commissions and the state judicial nominating 4 commission. 5 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA: TLSB 5951HH (9) 83 jm/rj PAG LIN 1 1 Section 1. The following amendment to the Constitution of 1 2 the State of Iowa is proposed: 1 3 1. Section 15 of Article V of the Constitution of the 1 4 State of Iowa, as added by the Amendment of 1962, is amended 1 5 beginning July 1, 2013, to read as follows: 1 6 Vacancies in courts.SEC. 15. Vacancies in the Supreme 1 7 Court and District Court shall be filled by appointment by the 1 8 Governor from lists of nominees submitted by the appropriate 1 9 judicial nominating commission. Three nominees shall be 1 10 submitted for each Supreme Court vacancy, and two nominees 1 11 shall be submitted for each District Court vacancy. If the 1 12 Governor fails for thirty days to make the appointment, it 1 13 shall be made from such nominees by the Chief Justice of the 1 14 Supreme Court qualified resident members of the bar of the 1 15 state. 1 16 2. Section 16 of Article V of the Constitution of the 1 17 State of Iowa, as added by the Amendment of 1962, is repealed 1 18 beginning July 1, 2013. 1 19 Sec. 2. REFERRAL AND PUBLICATION.The foregoing amendment 1 20 to the Constitution of the State of Iowa is referred to the 1 21 General Assembly to be chosen at the next general election 1 22 for members of the General Assembly, and the Secretary of 1 23 State is directed to cause the same to be published for three 1 24 consecutive months previous to the date of that election as 1 25 provided by law. 1 26 EXPLANATION 1 27 This joint resolution proposes an amendment to the 1 28 Constitution of the State of Iowa abolishes the district 1 29 judicial nominating commissions and the state judicial 1 30 nominating commission thus removing their duty to nominate 1 31 candidates for appointment by the governor as judicial 1 32 officers. 1 33 The amendment to the Constitution provides that the governor 1 34 may appoint any qualified resident member of the bar of the 1 35 state to fill a vacancy on the supreme court or district court. 2 1 The Constitution currently requires the governor to 2 2 appoint a person to fill a vacancy on the supreme court from 2 3 the list of three nominees submitted by the state judicial 2 4 nominating commission. For appointments to district court, 2 5 the Constitution currently requires the governor to appoint 2 6 a person to fill a vacancy from the list of two nominees 2 7 submitted by the district judicial nominating commission. 2 8 The members of the state judicial nominating commission 2 9 consist of one resident member from each congressional district 2 10 appointed by the governor and one resident member from each 2 11 congressional district elected by the members of the bar of the 2 12 state. 2 13 The members of each judicial district nominating commission 2 14 consist of five members appointed by the governor from the 2 15 judicial election district and five resident members elected by 2 16 the members of the bar from the judicial election district. 2 17 The resolution, if adopted, would be referred to the next 2 18 General Assembly (Eighty=fourth) for adoption before the 2 19 amendment is submitted to the electorate for ratification. 2 20 The resolution if adopted and ratified by the electorate 2 21 takes effect beginning July 1, 2013. LSB 5951HH (9) 83 jm/rj
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