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Monday, February 22, 2016

Ind. Courts - "Black legislators oppose proposal for selecting Marion County judges"

SB 352, about which the ILB last posted on Feb. 17th, is eligible for 2nd reading today.

I have just looked on the bill status and currently 71 proposed 2nd reading amendments have been filed ....

Kristine Guerra writes in the Indianapolis Star, in a story filed earlier this afternoon:

Legislation that would create a new way to select Marion County judges is facing criticism from African-American legislators who say the bill is unfair to people of color.

Senate Bill 352, authored by Sen. Michael Young, R-Indianapolis, would form a 14-member committee that would select and nominate judges for six-year terms. Voters can then decide through retention elections whether or not judges can stay on the bench. Those who run must first receive a recommendation from the committee.

Members of the Indiana Black Legislative Caucus say SB 352 encourages disenfranchisement of minority voters because it does not require the committee to have minority or diverse members. Sen. Jean Breaux, D-Indianapolis, said she's concerned the current proposal would result in a judiciary that's too slanted toward one race or toward one political party affiliation and does not represent diversity in Marion County.

Check the story for more.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on February 22, 2016 02:54 PM
Posted to Indiana Courts