RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - More frequent elections for North Carolina judicial seats would occur if legislation unveiled by some key Republicans is approved, then agreed to by the state's voters.
Chairmen of the House and Senate rules committees released a proposal Tuesday that would reduce terms for trial and appeals court judges to two years. District Court judges currently serve four-year terms, while Superior Court and Court of Appeals judges and Supreme Court justices get eight-year terms.
Under the proposal, voters would decide in May whether to reduce the terms and put all incumbents up for re-election the following November.
Legislative support for the bill is unclear, and a news release announcing the bill suggests it could be designed to spite Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper.
The governor issued a veto the General Assembly overrode earlier Tuesday of a bill that cancelled next May's primary elections for judicial seats while judicial selection changes are considered.