Bill to alter judicial elections in Tennessee filed
Specifically, it would formalize the current system, where a commission nominates judges, the governor appoints them and voters cast ballots on whether to keep them on the bench. The Tennessee Constitution currently states that Supreme Court justices "shall be elected by the qualified voters of the state."
The Tennessee General Assembly is required to approve a proposed amendment in two successive sessions. In the second such session, the proposed amendment must earn 2/3rds approval, however, in the first session, it only requires majority approval.