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May 19, 2014

Source: NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

Filed under: Courts, Orleans Parish

Louisiana Senate passes measure that could reduce judges in New Orleans

By Emily Lane

NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

May 19, 2014

At-a-Glance: Legislation that would address a reported surplus of judges in Louisiana by creating a mechanism to get rid of judgeships when a vacancy occurs got unanimous approval from the state Senate Monday (May 19).

The bill: Senate Bill 216, sponsored by Sen. Ed Murray, D-New Orleans, would let the Supreme Court decide whether or not to fill future judgeship vacancies. The bill proposes a constitutional amendment to that effect, meaning it will require a two-thirds vote from both chambers and a majority on a voter ballot.

Current law requires the governor to call a special election to fill any judicial vacancies. The proposed change to the law would give the Supreme Court authority to evaluate whether it is necessary to fill the vacancy.

The debate: There was no debate on the subject on the House floor Monday.

The vote: The full Senate voted 36-0 in favor of the legislation.

Next up: Heads to a House committee for consideration.

Lagniappe: A similar bill failed to advance out of the Senate last year.

The Bureau of Governmental Research issued a report last year suggesting Orleans Parish had as many as 25 more judges than necessary, and taxpayers could save more than $14 million a year by eliminating unnecessary judgeships.
New Orleans judges, though, disputed BGR’s report, calling their measurement system flawed.

May 19, 2014

Source: NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

Filed under: Courts, Orleans Parish

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