Gavel to Gavel

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2024 Newsletters

March 29Idaho: Legislature sends governor bill to expand protections for street addresses of judges in the state
March 22Georgia: House approves bill to limit access and publication of information regarding judges and their families
March 15 Georgia: House Judiciary Committee approves bills that prohibit government entities from releasing information regarding judges
March 8 Florida: House and Senate approve bills to exempt from public records personal identifying & location information of circuit court clerks and their staff
March 1 New York: Bills would reclassify court officers and court clerks as police officers
February 23 Hawaii: Senate committee approves creation of a misdemeanor offense for individuals who post personal information of judges and their families on the internet in reckless disregard of the risk of harm to them
February 16 Florida: Legislative committees approve bills to protect personal identifying and location information of current or former clerks of the circuit court
February 9 Maryland, Tennessee, Virginia Judicial Security
February 2 Maryland, Mississippi, Virginia, and New Jersey: Judicial Security
January 26 Nebraska, Virginia, and Wisconsin: Judicial Security
January 19 Utah, Missouri, Georgia: Local/Municipal Courts
January 12 Indiana bill would create "baby courts" for children three years of age and younger in need of services.
January 5 Florida and Vermont Bills Focusing on Judicial Selection
December 22 Florida and Wyoming Bills Focusing on Judicial Security
December 8 New  Hampshire, Texas, Wisconsin Mandatory Judicial Retirement Ages

2023 Newsletters

May 26 Louisiana and Alabama: Judgeship allocations
May 19 Arizona: Legislature approves bill to transfer licensing of attorneys from state bar to the supreme court and prohibits the court from requiring an attorney to be a member of any organization to become or remain a licensed attorney
May 12 Delaware: House unanimously approves measure that requires at least one supreme court justice to reside in Kent County, one in Sussex County, and two in New Castle County
May 5 Kansas: Under a newly signed law starting in 2025 Kansas judges' salaries will be directly tied to that of federal district court judges; a similar plan was vetoed in New Mexico earlier this year
April 28 Minnesota and Missouri: Legislation to protect the personal information of judges, court staff, and their families advance
April 21 Colorado: House approves a bill requiring all courts to provide remote access for the public to observe any criminal court proceeding conducted in open court
April 14 Colorado, Montana, and Tennessee: Bills focused on judicial disciplinary proceedings and commissions advance
April 7 Montana: House and Senate approve separate plans to require judges to recuse for campaign contributions
March 31 New Hampshire: Constitutional amendment to raise the mandatory judicial retirement age from 70 to 75
March 24 Maine:  Bill would shrink the state's Supreme Judicial Court from 7 members down to 5
March 17 Idaho: Senate approves plan to overhaul that state's judicial selection system and give its governor more power
March 10 New Mexico: Plan to tie state judicial salaries to the salary of federal magistrate judges advances
March 2 Montana: Resolution to declare Marbury v. Madison misinterpreted approved by the full Senate
Feb. 24 Utah: Senate approves bill to overhaul state's judicial selection/nominating commissions
Feb. 17 Virginia: Bills to protect the personal information of retired judges advance in House and Senate
Feb. 10 Colorado: Legislation would mandate remote public access to criminal proceedings
Feb. 3 Texas and North Dakota: Considering bills to make leaking draft judicial opinions misdemeanors
Jan. 27 New York: Bill would require judges' financial disclosure statements to be posted online
Jan. 20 Missouri: Bills would require judges to render decisions within specified time frames or face $100-a-day fines