Supremes Sing Reform's Praises

In this update: 1. Entire high court endorses publicly financed Supreme Court races 2. Hearings scheduled on reform bills in Assembly committee Supremes Sing Reform’s Praises

Email date: 12/11/07

In this update:
1. Entire high court endorses publicly financed Supreme Court races
2. Hearings scheduled on reform bills in Assembly committee

The state Supreme Court yesterday issued a letter signed by all seven justices calling for public financing of high court races.

For more on this development, go here.

This is a very significant event and another signal of growing concern within the judicial system over eroding public confidence in the integrity of the courts and the fairness and impartiality of judges. It comes on the heels of last week’s announcement of a new State Bar of Wisconsin initiative to promote judicial integrity.

______________________________________________________________

An Assembly committee has scheduled a public hearing for Thursday, December 27 at 10:30 a.m. on the Impartial Justice bill that calls for full public financing of state Supreme Court races.

The same committee also has scheduled a hearing for Thursday, January 10 on legislation banning campaign fundraising during the state budget process.

Senate leaders should be announcing their plans soon for public hearings, committee votes and floor action on reform measures that will be considered during the special session on campaign finance reform that started today.