The Missouri Non-Partisan Court Plan, by which we select many of our state's judges on a merit-based, non-partisan basis, has served Missouri well for many years, and provided a model which numerous other states have followed. Now, the Missouri Plan is under attack by those who seek to weaken its non-partisan underpinnings, and inject more politics into the selection of judges. I strongly oppose efforts to undermine the Missouri Plan. This session, the legislature passed a joint resolution which will place on the ballot, in November, a proposal to substantially weaken the Missouri Plan and make the selection of judges more political. I voted against the proposal and will oppose its passage in November. But, even if the ballot proposal fails, those who seek to weaken our present system for selecting judges will be back with further proposals in that regard. I plan to continue to be an outspoken force in the legislature to protect and preserve the Missouri Non-Partisan Court Plan.