Maryland Orphans' Court Judge Qualifications Amendment, Prince George's County, Question 1 (2012)
|Orphans' Court Qualifications, Prince George's County|
|Referred by:||Maryland State Legislature|
The measure requires judges of the Orphans' Court for Prince George's County to have been admitted to practice law in Maryland and be in good standing with the Maryland Bar.
Because the measure affects only one county, it had to receive majority approval from voters both statewide and in Prince George's County. Article XIV of the Maryland constitution provides this requirement.
- See also: 2012 ballot measure election results
|Maryland Question 1 (2012)|
- Official results from the Maryland Secretary of State.
Text of measure
The ballot measure read as follows:
Constitutional Amendment (Ch. 394 of the 2011 Legislative Session)
(Amending Article IV, Section 40 of the Maryland Constitution)
No formal support was identified.
No formal opposition was identified.
Path to the ballot
- See also: Amending the Maryland Constitution
Placing a proposed amendment on the ballot requires a 60% vote of each chamber of the Maryland State Legislature. Maryland is one of nine states that allow a referred amendment to go on the ballot following the 60% supermajority vote.
- April 6, 2011 - the House approved the proposed measure following a 105-29 vote. The Senate also approved the measure following a 46-0 vote.
- On May 10, 2011 the measure was officially referred to the statewide ballot.
- SB 281 status, full text, fiscal note
- National Center of State Courts - Special 2012 Ballot Proposition Edition (July 27, 2011)
- Maryland State Legislature, "SB 281 summary," accessed June 1, 2011
- GaveltoGavel.us, "Maryland Question 1 & Question 2: double-majorities required to pass, plus what trial judges must be attorneys in other states?," October 17, 2012
- Maryland State Board of Elections, "2012 General Election Ballot Question Language," accessed August 21, 2012
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Maryland State Legislature, "SB281 history," accessed May 31, 2011