- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 28, 2015

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Gov. Tom Wolf plans to nominate fill-ins to take two vacant state Supreme Court seats until new justices are elected in November and sworn in.

However, Wolf’s press secretary Jeffrey Sheridan said Wednesday that the Democrat has made no decisions on who he will nominate, or when.

A nominee will need two-thirds approval from the state Senate, and Republicans and Democrats say they’ve given Wolf suggestions as to whom they would accept.

Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa says he hopes new justices are in place on the seven-member bench before its next arguments session, March 9-13.

Two seats are open because Justice Seamus McCaffery retired in October amid a pornographic email scandal and Chief Justice Ronald Castille retired in December after turning 70, the state’s mandatory retirement age for judges.

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