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UPDATE: Change to Wis. chief justice selection up for vote

UPDATED Thursday, November 14, 2013 --- 3:07 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The speaker of the state Assembly says a constitutional amendment that would likely remove Supreme Court Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson from her post is not targeting her.

The Assembly was scheduled to vote Thursday on changing the 124-year practice of having the Supreme Court justice with the most seniority serve as chief justice. Instead, the chief would be selected by a vote of the seven justices.

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says the amendment isn't about Abrahamson, and she may not even be on the court by the time it takes effect.

The proposal would have to pass the Legislature again next session and be approved in a statewide vote. The soonest that could happen is 2015.

Abrahamson has been chief justice for 17 years.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Thursday, November 14, 2013 --- 10:16 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Assembly is poised to approve a constitutional amendment that would bring Wisconsin in line with how most states select the chief justice of the state Supreme Court.

For 124 years in Wisconsin, the chief justice has automatically been the justice with the most seniority on the high court.

But the Republican-backed constitutional amendment would instead have the chief justice be selected every two years based on a vote by the seven-member court.

Twenty-two states currently use the peer selection method to select the chief justice. Wisconsin is one of only seven states where seniority determines who is chief justice.

The proposal must pass the Legislature again next session, and be approved in a statewide vote, before the change would take effect.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Tuesday, November 12, 2013 --- 2:30 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The chief justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court would no longer automatically be the justice with the most seniority under a measure passed by the state Senate.

The proposed constitutional amendment approved on an 18-15 vote Tuesday would instead require that the chief justice be selected by a majority of the seven justices serving on the court every two years.

All Democrats voted against it with all Republicans in support.

Democratic opponents say the measure was targeted at removing current Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson, a liberal who has led the court for the past 17 years. Republican backers say it makes more sense to have court members select their leader.

The amendment must pass the Legislature twice and be approved in a statewide vote before it takes effect.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Tuesday, November 12, 2013 --- 5:37 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The chief justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court would no longer automatically be the justice with the most seniority under a measure scheduled for a vote in the state Senate.

The proposed constitutional amendment up for a vote Tuesday would instead require that the chief justice be selected by a majority of the seven justices serving on the court.

The amendment would change the 124-year-old practice in the Supreme Court. It's a move that critics say is targeting current Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson, who has led the court for 17 years.

Even if the measure passes the Senate and Assembly this year, it must also pass the Legislature again next session and be approved by voters before it would be added to the constitution.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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Posted Tuesday, October 29, 2013 --- 4:58 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Legislature is moving quickly on a proposed constitutional amendment would change the way that the Wisconsin Supreme Court chief justice is selected.

Currently, the chief justice is based on seniority. The proposal would require that the chief justice instead be selected by a majority of the seven justices serving on the court and be limited to no serving no more than six years in a row.

The Republican-sponsored amendment was introduced last week and it's scheduled for committee votes in the Senate on Tuesday and the Assembly on Thursday. Even though it is moving quickly, the amendment is a long way from being added to the constitution.

It would have to pass two consecutive legislative sessions and be approved by a vote of the people statewide before taking effect.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


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