Amidst a flurry of other bills debated on Tuesday nearly until midnight, the state senate took up House Bill 126 – the Judicial Qualifications Commission (JQC) bill. The bill is the result of last November’s successful referendum of approval to reorganize the JQC. That referendum was the result of a bill, one sponsor of which was a former judge – Rep. Johnnie Caldwell (R- 131 Thomaston) – forced to resign after investigation by the JQC. The legislature passed that bill without a plan in place for what the reconstituted panel would look like and at least a couple senators on Tuesday had a problem with that.
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