The Missouri Plan, for Your Consideration
Combest today has a number of links to articles about proposed changes to the Missouri Plan of judicial selection. In the very near future, I will blog in-depth about Congressman Hulshof’s proposals. In the meantime though, please check out the ideas for yourself. They’re covered well by this AP article in the Columbia Missourian (the other articles are also very good). Then please consider the ideas put forth in this Show-Me Institute study, released earlier this year, and my own op-ed about this issue, from last year.
My first response is that I think many of the proposals are worthy of serious consideration. They do not scrap the Missouri Plan and return to the use of elections for these positions, nor do they give too much power to any one entity. But more to come on this topic next week.