2015 - 2016 LEGISLATURE
January 22, 2015 - Offered by Representatives Goyke and Wachs.
SJR2-ASA1,1,2 1To amend section 4 (2) of article VII of the constitution; relating to: election of chief
2justice by a majority of the entire judiciary (first consideration).
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
  This constitutional amendment, proposed to the 2015 legislature on first
consideration, directs the judges of the circuit court and court of appeals and the
justices of the supreme court to elect, by majority vote, a chief justice of the supreme
court for a term of two years.
  A proposed constitutional amendment requires adoption by two successive
legislatures, and ratification by the people, before it can become effective.
SJR2-ASA1,1,3 3Resolved by the assembly, the senate concurring, That:
SJR2-ASA1,1 4Section 1. Section 4 (2) of article VII of the constitution is amended to read:
SJR2-ASA1,2,55 [Article VII] Section 4 (2) The justice having been longest a continuous member
6of said court, or in case 2 or more such justices shall have served for the same length
7of time, the justice whose term first expires, shall be the chief justice.
The chief
8justice of the supreme court shall be elected for a term of 2 years by a majority of the

1judges then serving on the circuit court and court of appeals and the justices then
2serving on the supreme court. The supreme court shall adopt procedures
3establishing the time, place, and manner of the election.
The justice so designated
4as chief justice may, irrevocably, decline to serve as chief justice or resign as chief
5justice but continue to serve as a justice of the supreme court.
SJR2-ASA1,2,8 6Be it further resolved, That this proposed amendment be referred to the
7legislature to be chosen at the next general election and that it be published for three
8months previous to the time of holding such election.