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GOP proposals take aim at Tenn. courts

By ERIK SCHELZIG
Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Republicans in the Tennessee Legislature are taking a close look at the judiciary branch this year, with several proposals expected to be taken up early in the session.

Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey told reporters last week that he plans to get fellow lawmakers to take the first step toward approving a constitutional amendment to resolve legal questions about the way appeals judges are appointed and retained.

Ramsey said he is joined by Gov. Bill Haslam and House Speaker Beth Harwell in opposing the popular election of Supreme Court justices.

Ramsey said he also expects lawmakers will replace a commission that disciplines Tennessee judges to promote greater transparency, though he said he disagrees with a fellow Republican senator's proposal to strip the courts of the power to throw out state laws.

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