- Associated Press - Monday, March 24, 2014

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The sponsor of a proposed constitutional amendment to change the makeup of the Alaska Judicial Council has asked the measure be returned to the Senate Finance Committee for a revision.

SJR21 had been in Senate Rules, the last stop before the floor.

Sen. Pete Kelly said he preferred proposing the change in committee, rather than on the floor, in the interest of allowing as much airing as possible. He says he plans a language change to require all new members be subject to legislative confirmation, not just public members. The House version contains similar language.

Supporters say the change would provide greater balance on the council. Critics fear it could politicize the process by increasing the number of appointees chosen by the governor.

The Alaska court system opposes the measure.



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