The Senate Rules Committee approved House Bill 3162 to reform the Judicial Nominating Commission, which nominates judicial candidates to the governor when there is a vacancy.
“The current judicial nominating commission puts too much power and influence in the hands of the state’s trial attorneys,” said Sen. Brian Bingman, R-Sapulpa. “The anti-business tone of the court is a constant reminder of the need for judicial reform.
“Reforming the judicial nomination process takes away the outsized influence of trial lawyers and puts power into the hands of the citizens of Oklahoma by allowing the Legislature to approve judicial nominations. Equally important, these reforms will allow the governor to select judicial appointees from a more diverse and qualified list of attorneys.”
Bingman is principal Senate author of HB 3162. Speaker Jeff Hickman, R-Fairview, is principal House author.