Senator Mike Shower pre-filed a piece of legislation that, if passed, would amend the Alaska Constitution. SB 14 would increase the influence of the executive and legislative branches on the state’s courts. The Alaska Judicial Council, which screens applicants for judgeships and nominates the most qualified to the governor, is a model of independence. But SB 14 would, among other things, allow the governor to appoint people to judgeships who were not nominated by the Judicial Council, subject to approval from the Legislature. Currently, the Council puts forth nominees based on merit.
The ACLU of Alaska opposes SB 14.
Read the ACLU of Alaska's full testimony, as presented, below.