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HB 521 - Referendum to Revise Judicial Election Laws - Key Vote

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NOTE: THIS IS A SECOND READING VOTE TO CUT OFF DEBATE ON THE BILL AND ADVANCE IT TO THE THIRD READING IN WHICH AN UP-OR-DOWN VOTE FOR PASSAGE WILL OCCUR.

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Legislation - Bill Failed (House) (45-54) - (Key vote)

Title: Referendum to Revise Judicial Election Laws

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that requires partisan elections for supreme court justices and district court judges, effective January 1, 2013 if approved by the voters.

Highlights:
  • Requires that supreme court justices and district court judges be nominated and elected on a partisan ballot (Secs. 1 & 2).
  • Specifies that if the only candidate for the office of a supreme court justice or district court judge is an incumbent, the candidate's name shall be included on the ballot with his or her political party designation (Secs. 1 & 2).
  • Specifies that a justice of the peace must be nominated and elected on a nonpartisan ballot (Sec. 3).
  • Specifies that this act will be submitted to the voters of Montana as a ballot measure during the general election in November 2012, and will be effective January 1, 2013 if approved by the voters (Sec. 10).
Legislation - Introduced (House) -

Title: Referendum to Revise Judicial Election Laws

Sponsors

  • Michael 'Mike' More (MT - R) (Out Of Office)
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