Law to change how we choose Iowa's Supreme Court Judges begins journey

Gavel and scales of justice

The process by which Iowa chooses it's Supreme Court Judges could be about to change. Right now a group of lawyers give the Governor a choice of three and if she doesn't like the choices, the Chief Justice will pick one.

The potential change will allow legislators to have input into the process as well. The nominating committee would be made up of eight choices from the Governor, eight choices from lawyers and a total of four choices (two each from the majority and the minority) from the legislature.

If passed and ultimately signed by the Governor, the party in power would have a built in majority. Despite what's being reported, that would be true for Democrats just as much as Republicans.

The Bill passed sub committees in both the Iowa House and Senate yesterday.

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