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Wisconsin senators seek end to Supreme Court elections

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July 1, 2011

By Bailey Ludlam


MADISON, Wisconsin: Elections to the state's high court may be coming to an end. In an effort to reduce "influence by special interest money," Sens. Dale Schultz and Tim Cullen propose the creation of a judicial selection committee.

Specifically, the proposed legislatively-referred constitutional amendment 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 input from the Senate.[1]

The legislative bill is expected to be formally introduced in September 2011.[1]

In order to qualify the proposed amendment to the statewide ballot, the measure must be approved by a majority vote in two consecutive sessions.

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