Amendment to End Merit Selection Takes Giant Step

The resolution that would amend the constitution and replace the current Tennessee Plan for merit selection and retention elections took a giant step today when the House concurred on SJR 710, forwarding it to the next session of the General Assembly. While judges appointed under the new plan would face retention elections, they would do so only after being nominated by the governor and after legislative confirmation.

The legislature will apparently leave town without specifying the way that the August 2014 election of judges will be conducted -- a move that TBA President Danny Van Horn termed “irresponsible.” Watch for more details of the last few days of the 107th General Assembly in future editions of TBAToday.