The Georgia General Assembly, during its last hour, passed legislation that strips the Judicial Qualifications Commission— the state’s judicial watchdog agency– of its State Bar appointees. But that’s if voters ratify the measure at the ballot box in November.

Former State Bar President Lester Tate, who chairs the JQC, is accused of cavalier and heavy-handed handling of complaints against judges by some fellow JQC members and key legislators. The state House of Representatives Judiciary Committee chairman labels Tate “toxic’ and other lawmakers say he plays favorites based on his political agenda. Those sentiments are why the reform bill passed. 

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