Tuesday, March 23, 2010

H. 470- its first test in the House

The House just advanced the judicial restructuring bill to third reading by a vote of 104-40. It had previoulsy defeated two amendments, one by a voice vote and one by roll call. The first amendment to allow assitant judges to sit with a superior judge in the civil and family division upon request of a party was defeated 108-38. The second, to keep the 14 probate judges as we presently have, was defeated by a voice vote.
More amendments are expected tomorrow morning before third reading. After debating and voting on them, the question will be "Shall the bill pass?" I expect the vote to be similar to today's.

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