Haslam to Lawmakers: Preserve Judicial Selection Until 2014 Vote

In his State of the State speech last night, Governor Bill Haslam briefly addressed the issue of judicial selection, calling on lawmakers to “preserve the current process until the people have a chance to vote in 2014.” He also warned against making “changes in the meantime,” which would do nothing “but confuse the situation further.” Haslam reiterated his opposition to partisan, contested elections and praised the judicial selection commission for its work. “My experience has been that the…commission has done its job in providing quality candidates. So for me this issue isn't about fixing something that isn't working, but instead, it is about hearing legitimate concerns and providing clarity.” That clarity, he said, could be accomplished through the constitutional amendment process set in motion last session. Read more from the speech.