appellate judges http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Mo. appeals court upholds judicial ballot measure http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-appeals-court-upholds-judicial-ballot-measure-0 <p>A Missouri appeals court panel has upheld the ballot summary for <a href="http://sos.mo.gov/elections/2012ballot/">a proposed constitutional amendment</a> that would change the process for selecting appellate judges.</p><p>In its ruling Monday, a three-judge panel of the Western District Court of Appeals certified the summary that voters will see on the November ballot.</p> Mon, 17 Sep 2012 22:54:48 +0000 The Associated Press 4632 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. appeals court upholds judicial ballot measure Judge upholds ballot summary for Mo. court measure http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/judge-upholds-ballot-summary-mo-court-measure-0 <P>A Cole County judge has upheld a ballot summary prepared by <A href="http://sos.mo.gov/sosbio.asp">Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan</A> (D) for a <A href="http://sos.mo.gov/elections/2012ballot/">proposed constitutional amendment </A>that would expand the governor’s role in appointing State Supreme Court judges.</P> <P>The ballot language for Amendment 3 asks:</P> <BLOCKQUOTE> <P>Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to change the current nonpartisan selection of supreme court and court of appeals judges to a process that gives the governor increased authority to:</P> <UL Mon, 10 Sep 2012 20:36:58 +0000 Marshall Griffin 4556 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Judge upholds ballot summary for Mo. court measure Opponents organize over Missouri court measure http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/opponents-organize-over-missouri-court-measure <p>Defenders of Missouri's method for selecting appellate judges are fighting<a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/12info/BTS_Web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=R&amp;BillID=2932188"> a proposed constitutional amendment </a>that would change the system.</p><p>Judges on the Missouri Supreme Court and the state Court of Appeals are selected by the governor from three finalists recommended by a special commission. The commission consists of one Supreme Court judge, three lawyers and three non-lawyers chosen by the governor.</p> Thu, 23 Aug 2012 17:16:47 +0000 Maria Altman & The Associated Press 4388 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Opponents organize over Missouri court measure Mo. Auditor's office: zero costs/savings for judicial and health exchange ballot questions http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-auditors-office-zero-costssavings-judicial-and-health-exchange-ballot-questions <p>Two ballot questions going before Missouri voters in November won&rsquo;t cost or save the state any money, according the<a href="http://auditor.mo.gov/"> State Auditor&rsquo;s office</a>.</p><p>One in particular would<a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/12info/BTS_Web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=R&amp;BillID=2932188"> make changes to how appellate judges are selected</a>.&nbsp; The fiscal note for that measure was put together by Deputy Auditor Harry Otto.</p><p>&ldquo;(We&nbsp;contacted) four statewide offices, 20 other departments/agencies, the House and Senate,&quot; Otto&nbsp;said.&nbsp; &quot;Out of those 24 places that we contacted we received comments from 16, and all 16 said &lsquo;no costs associated with this measure.&rsquo;&rdquo; Mon, 18 Jun 2012 22:30:53 +0000 Marshall Griffin 3937 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. Auditor's office: zero costs/savings for judicial and health exchange ballot questions