Tennessee House Passes Judicial-Selection Measure

by Carrie Severino

Earlier this week, by a vote of 78–14, the Tennessee house of representatives approved a constitutional amendment adopting a modified version of the federal method for selecting appellate judges. The amendment must now be approved by Tennessee voters on the November 2014 ballot. 

We are grateful to Governor Bill Haslam, House Speaker Beth Harwell, Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey, and Representative Jon Lundberg for providing the leadership to pass the amendment in such overwhelming, bipartisan fashion. We are especially thankful to Senator Brian Kelsey, the original sponsor of the amendment, whose hard work and determination produced a grand bargain all Tennesseans can be proud of. Finally, JCN extends a heartfelt ‘Thank You’ to the following organizations for their support of the amendment:  

 
Americans for Prosperity Tennessee
Beacon Center of Tennessee
Family Action of Tennessee
Nashville Chamber of Commerce
Tennessee Business Roundtable
Tennessee Chamber of Commerce
Tennessee Eagle Forum
Tennesseans for Economic Opportunity
Tennesseans for Fair and Impartial Courts
Tennessee Farm Bureau