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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: plan to let county employees carry guns into courthouses modified in House committee
A plan to let more people carry guns into Oklahoma courthouses was modified by a House committee last week. HB 2527 as originally filed and discussed here provided all county employees, not just elected officials as in a 2017 law that expanded courthouse carry, with the ability to carry concealed weapons “when acting in the … Continue reading Oklahoma: plan to let county employees carry guns into courthouses modified in House committee

Rhode Island: House bills guarantee certain trial court judgeships to “persons of color”, require Judicial Nominating Commission actively recruit persons of color for judgeships
Over the last several years bills have been introduced in the Rhode Island House to mandate more diversity in the state’s courts (see here for the 2017 efforts and here and here for the 2016.) Efforts to guarantee certain trial court judgeships in Rhode Island to “persons of color” have been re-introduced. HB 7648 provides … Continue reading Rhode Island: House bills guarantee certain trial court judgeships to “persons of color”, require Judicial Nominating Commission actively recruit persons of color for judgeships

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