House Bill 166 was introduced last week to officially codify the practice of the Governor selecting judicial nominees that are recommended by a Judicial Nominating Commission. This practice has been established by Executive Order of the Governor.
This bill will amend the constitution and write the practice into law.
Under this bill and Amendment, the codified Judicial Nominating Commission shall consist of 12 members appointed by the Governor, provided that 4 members reside in New Castle County; 4 members reside in Kent County; and 4 members reside in Sussex County. No member shall hold elective constitutional office during the member’s term on the Commission.
This bill is currently in the House Administration Committee. It will require a two thirds majority vote in both chambers as an Amendment, and then it will have to be passed again in the next session of the General Assembly, or in 2025, before it officially becomes part of the Constitution.
|HOUSE BILL 166 – CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT ESTABLISHING JUDICIAL NOMINATING COMMISSION||Currrent Status – House Administration 5/18/23|
|House Sponsors – Lynn, Bolden // Briggs King||Senate Sponsors – Paradee, Hansen // Buckson, Wilson|
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