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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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Montana: House committee approves bill to require judges recuse due to campaign contributions; using PACs to direct funds to judges could also require recusal
The Montana House State Administration Committee yesterday approved a bill to require judges recuse from cases due to campaign contributions. Under HB 157 as approved a judge may not sit or act in an action or proceeding when the judge learns by means of a timely motion that the judge has benefitted from or received … Continue reading Montana: House committee approves bill to require judges recuse due to campaign contributions; using PACs to direct funds to judges could also require recusal

Wyoming: plan to subject judicial nominating commissioners to senate confirmation appears dead
A plan to require Wyoming judicial nominating commission members to be subject to senate confirmation appears to have died. Wyoming’s top courts use a merit/commission based system of appointment. The commission membership is set by the state’s constitution as -the chief justice (or designee)-three bar members elected by the state bar-three non-bar members chosen by … Continue reading Wyoming: plan to subject judicial nominating commissioners to senate confirmation appears dead

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