What to know
- Republicans who control the state Legislature are working on a new plan to rebuild Pennsylvania’s courts, the latest GOP strategy that could cut the state Supreme Court’s Democratic majority.
- The House Judiciary Committee voted Monday along party lines on two proposals to amend the state constitution, one to limit state Supreme Court justices to two terms and the other. so that judges and judges at all levels run for re-election in partisan elections if they wish to serve another term.
- Democrats accuse Republicans of trying to politicize the courts and protest that the committee has held no hearings on the proposals.
Republicans who control the state Legislature on Monday began work on a new plan to remake Pennsylvania’s courts, the latest GOP strategy that could slash the Court’s Democratic majority State Supreme Court.
The House Judiciary Committee voted along partisan lines on two proposals to amend the state constitution, one to limit state Supreme Court justices to two terms and another to allow members of the state Supreme Court to serve two terms. Judges and judges at all levels run for re-election in partisan elections if they wish to serve another term.
Democrats accused Republicans of trying to politicize the courts and protested that the committee had held no hearings on the proposals before passing them.
Currently, state Supreme Court justices and lower court justices serve an unlimited number of 10-year terms, until they reach the mandatory retirement age of 75.
They are elected in partisan elections for the first term, but run for subsequent terms in nonpartisan maintenance elections in which they face no opponent, with only one vote in favor or down on the general election ballots.
Democrats have had a majority on the state Supreme Court since 2016, and under current rules that majority could last until after 2030.
Republicans have complained vehemently about court decisions, including in election-related cases last year and other GOP-written plans to target courts pending in the Agency. legislative.
Amendments to the state constitution must pass the Legislature in two consecutive biennial sessions before reaching voters in a statewide referendum.
https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/politics/gop-advancing-new-plans-to-remake-pennsylvania-courts/3076643/ GOP Begins Pushing New Plans to Remake Pennsylvania Courts Starting From the Ground – NBC10 Philadelphia