Mar 21 2011
Pennsylvania State Senator Jane Earll (R-Erie) has introduced two bills that would move Pennsylvania toward Merit Selection of appellate judges. Senate Bill 843 would amend the state Constitution to allow Merit Selection of appellate judges. Senate Bill 842 would modify state law to create the necessary implementing procedures. Both measures were referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Making the transition to Merit Selection requires amending the state constitution. An amendment bill would need to pass in two consecutive sessions of the General Assembly, and then receive a majority vote in a public referendum.