Senate Approves Judicial Selection Plan

The state Senate voted 29-2 in favor of a constitutional amendment that would end the current merit selection process and let the governor select appeals court judges with legislative confirmation. “The people of Tennessee have never been asked whether they favor the judicial selection plan that our founding fathers in the U.S. Constitution came up with,” the measure’s sponsor, state Sen. Brian Kelsey, R-Germantown, told the Tennessean. If approved by the House, the measure will appear on the ballot during the general election in November 2014.