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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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Arkansas: will legislature in 2015 try a repeat of 2013 efforts to strip Supreme Court of rulemaking power in civil cases?
Efforts originally started in 2013 to strip the Arkansas Supreme Court of its rulemaking power are once again making their way into the 2015 legislative session after having skipped over the 2014 budget-only session. SJR 1, prefiled for 2015 and authored by the lead sponsor of the main 2013 bill, is a “placeholder” bill with […]

Texas: bill would overturn recent Court of Criminal Appeals decision, require courts notify AG when law struck as unconstitutional
I mentioned in March that the Texas legislature had in 2011 enacted a law that would have required the state’s courts notify the AG when a law was struck down as unconstitutional and given 45 days notice before such a judgement was entered (Government Code 402.010(a) and (b)). That law itself was struck down by […]

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