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Senate endorses judicial selection changes

Senate endorses judicial selection changes

April 27th, 2012 in News

Missouri senators moved voters one step closer to a statewide election on changing the way the state's appeals and Supreme Court judges are chosen.

"Over the years, there have been a lot of different ideas put forward on this issue," state Sen. Jim Lembke, the proposal's sponsor and a long-time advocate of changing the current system, told colleagues at the beginning of a four-hour debate.

"I think that the changes are commonsense changes to the Missouri Plan, that will allow Missourians to exercise more accountability over the selection process."

Missouri's Nonpartisan Court Plan, sometimes called the "Missouri Plan," has been operating since Jan. 1, 1942, after voters approved it in November 1940.

On a voice vote, the Senate on Thursday afternoon gave its first-round approval to the proposed constitutional amendment.