TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Jun 17, 2014

Efforts to end Missouri's merit selection of judges through a voter initiative apparently fell short, Gavel to Gavel reports. The Missouri Secretary of State announced yesterday the ballot initiatives that had garnered enough signatures to be considered in 2014, but missing from the list were several that would have ended merit selection of judges. In Colorado, meanwhile, two initiatives are pending as supporters have until Aug. 4 to obtain the required signatures. One proposed constitutional amendment would increase the vote required for retention (from a majority to two-thirds) while the other would disband the Commission on Judicial Discipline and transfer discipline of judges to the state’s Independent Ethics Commission.