AP: Change in way Missouri picks judges unlikely to change


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – The Senate today began debating changes to the way some Missouri judges are selected, but the measure’s sponsor conceded his legislation likely won’t pass this year.

The proposed constitutional amendment would give the governor greater latitude when picking judges for the Supreme Court, appeals courts and trial courts in Missouri’s three largest metropolitan areas.

It also would alter the membership of the panels that select the judicial nominees and require those committees to conduct some of their business in public.

Republican Sen. Matt Bartle, a Lee’s Summit lawyer who opposes the plan, told sponsoring Sen. Jim Lembke that opponents “will be successful in killing your bill today.”

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