cleared for the November ballot.The goal of the initiative is to update theMissouri Court Plan. Currently, theAppellateJudicial Commission consists of seven members:one Supreme Court judge, a member of the barfrom each appellate district elected by membersof the bar in that district, and a non-bar membercitizen from each appellate district appointed bythe governor.Senate Joint Resolution 51 would replace the judge member of the commission with anadditional member appointed by the governor.Members appointed by the governor would nolonger be non-bar members. The governorwould then appoint one member from eachappellate district and one from the state atlarge. The appointed members would serveterms of four years. Their terms would bestaggered so that the governor would appointtwo when taking office and two during themiddle of his or her term. The Missouri SupremeCourt would then appoint a former SupremeCourt orCourt of Appeals judge to serve as a
nonvoting member of the commission. Thechanges to the Appellate Judicial Commissionwould take effect on Jan. 15, 2013.
The secretary of state’s office, as we told you
secretary of state’s office approves these
petitions, then additional questions wouldappear on the November ballot.The most important thing to do is to vote. As wecelebrate Independence Day, let us alsoremember that a lot of folks have paid theultimate price for us to keep our independence.We can thank them by exercising our right tovote.