2014 Ballot Items Affecting Courts

A special edition of Gavel to Gavel reviews the six confirmed states -- including Tennessee -- that will have 2014 ballot items substantially affecting the courts, with six more deemed “possible.” Currently Tennessee has a statutory-based merit selection system for the state’s appellate courts. SJR 2 would specifically put into the state constitution a quasi-federal system: governor appoints, House and Senate confirm, additional terms by retention elections.