Regier also cited technological advancements.
“The commission was created in 1973, when there was no Internet that could be used to process judicial candidates,” Regier told the House.
Advocating for the bill, Juras argued that the current appointment process is partisan, and said Gianforte is committed to selecting judges without partisanship.
Representative Laurie Bishop, D-Livingston, stressed that the bill will come into force upon passage. There are three judicial appointments of former Democratic Governor Steve Bullock awaiting Senate approval: Chris Abbott to the First Judicial District covering Lewis and Clark and Broadwater counties; Peter Ohman in the 18th Gallatin County Judicial District; and Michele Reinhart Levine in the Eighth Judicial District of Cascade County.
“If these aren’t approved, we start with this governor’s ability to instill that process,” Bishop…
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