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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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Tennessee House Civil Justice Committee urges, but does not require, state supreme court post oral arguments online
With less than 60 seconds of debate both in subcommittee (video here) and before the full committee (video here), Tennessee’s House Civil Justice Committee has advanced a joint resolution to urge the state’s supreme court post oral arguments online. HJR 54 specifically mentions the recent changes to judicial selection in the state approved by voters […]

Arkansas: hearing today on “rebuttable presumption” for judicial recusal due to campaign contributions; language almost identical to new Alabama law
Last year Alabama lawmakers enacted a plan to create a “rebuttable presumption” for judicial recusal where the total campaign contributions made by a party or attorney met a particular threshold (10% for appellate races, 15% for Circuit Court, 25% for District Court). Now one Arkansas lawmaker wants to bring that plan to elections in that […]

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