President Pro Tempore
Sen. Glenn Coffee, R-Oklahoma City
State Capitol Room 422
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: May 19, 2009
Sen. Glenn Coffee
Senate Republicans Open Judicial Nominating Process
Legislation Brings Accountability to State Government
Oklahoma voters will make the final decision next
fall on reform of the Judicial Nominating Commission.
The Oklahoma State Senate voted late Tuesday to
send Senate Joint Resolution 27 to a vote of the people. If approved
by voters, SJR 27 will bring several reforms to Oklahoma’s
Judicial Nominating Commission.
“As part of the Senate Republican reform process,
SJR 27 creates more accountability within the Judicial Nominating
Commission while providing more than just attorneys to have a
voice,” said President Pro Tempore Glenn
Coffee. “This is another significant step towards reforming
government and making it more open to the people.”
The reforms in SJR 27 will be on the 2010 General
Election ballot and will include the following:
- Membership of the Judicial Nominating Commission will be increased
from 13 to 15 members.
- The two new at large members can not be attorneys and one each
will be appointed by the President Pro Tempore and the Speaker
of the House.
- Any person who has an immediate family member who has been admitted
to practice law in Oklahoma or any other state will be prevented
from serving on the Judicial Nominating Commission.
- No more than two of the three at large members can belong to
the same political party.
For more information contact:
Sen. Coffee's Office - 405-521-5636