Wisconsin Judicial Selection Commission Amendment (2013)

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The Wisconsin Judicial Selection Commission Amendment, also known as Wisconsin Senate Joint Resolution 42, was a proposed legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. The proposed measure sought replace higher court elections with a merit-based selection program. However, it failed to be adopted.[1]

The measure would create a judicial selection commission, selected by the legislature. The commission would recommend five candidates to the governor, who would proceed to make the final selection with Senate approval.[1]

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See also: Amending the Wisconsin Constitution

The measure is sponsored by Republican Senator Dale Schultz and Democratic Senator Tim Cullen, as well as Fred Risser and Robert Jauch, and was formally introduced September 2011. It was referred to the Committee on Judiciary, Utilities, Commerce, and Government Operations, but was failed to be adopted.[2]

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Both Schultz and Cullen argue that elections have been influenced by special interest money, which questions credibility and creates a partisan divide. Most recently, according to reports, the court has been in the spotlight following an alleged physical confrontation between Supreme Court Justices David Prosser and Ann Walsh Bradley.[1]

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