Louisiana Supreme Court to Evaluate Judicial Vacancies Amendment (2014)

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The Louisiana Supreme Court to Evaluate Judicial Vacancies Amendment will not appear on the November 4, 2014 ballot in Louisiana as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. The measure would have required the Louisiana Supreme Court to provide written notice to the governor and legislature that a judicial vacancy has occurred. The measure would have allowed the supreme court to evaluate whether it is necessary to fill the vacancy.[1]

The proposed amendment was introduced into the Louisiana Legislature by State Senator Edwin Murray (D-4) as Senate Bill 271.

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See also: Amending the Louisiana Constitution

In Louisiana, a two-thirds majority vote is required in the Louisiana Legislature in order to place a constitutional amendment on the ballot. SB 271 was unanimously approved in the Louisiana Senate on May 19, 2014. The measure has not yet been approved in the Louisiana House.[2]

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