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History of Reform Efforts: Indiana

Unsuccessful Reform Efforts

HB 1419 proposed three significant changes to the process for selecting and retaining judges: the bar would select three members of the judicial nominating commission from six nominations made by the house speaker and senate president; the existing members of the nominating commission would be removed, and a commission would be selected under the new process; and the nominating commission would vote on whether appellate judges should be retained, and the commission's recommendation would appear on the ballot. The bill passed the house rules committee but never received a floor vote.

HB1491 would have replaced merit selection of superior court judges in St. Joseph County with nonpartisan elections and added three judgeships to the court of appeals. Approved by the legislature but vetoed by the governor.