Bill to allow governor to select appellate judges

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A proposal to amend the state constitution to allow the governor to appoint appellate judges is headed for a vote on the Senate floor.

The measure sponsored by Sen. Brian Kelsey, a Germantown Republican and chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, passed the committee 8-1 on Tuesday and is being scheduled for a full Senate vote.

John Jay Hooker, a two-time Democratic Party nominee for governor and vocal opponent of the measure, spoke before the vote and told members of the committee that "people want the right to elect these judges."

Also Tuesday, members of the committee unanimously approved a measure that would prohibit courts from subpoenaing the names of anonymous commenters on news websites.

The measure, also sponsored by Kelsey, is headed for a full Senate vote


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