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Gavel to Gavel is an e-newsletter, blog and database that tracks state-by-state legislative activity that relates to the courts, identifying legislative trends on court issues. Whether the issue involves changes to the court structures or alterations to the terms of the judges who serve, Gavel to Gavel has provided a reliable, national overview of legislation affecting the state courts since 2006.

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Oklahoma: Effort to remove power of lawyers in merit selection system faces April 24 deadline
The effort to end Oklahoma’s practice of allowing lawyers to elect 6 of the 15 seats on the state’s merit selection commission is facing a key deadline next week. SJR 21, as approved by the House Rules Committee last week, would keep the 6 dedicated seats for lawyers on the Judicial Nominating Commission but provides […]

Louisiana: Unanimous House committee approves repeal of mandatory judicial retirement age, but what will the full House do?
The effort to repeal Louisiana’s mandatory judicial retirement age was approved by the House Judiciary Committee earlier this week on a 12-0 vote. HB 96 would put a constitutional amendment on the November 2014 ballot that would delete the existing mandatory judicial retirement provisions. HB 96 is effectively identical to SB 11 which was approved […]

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