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State of Alaska

History of Reform Efforts: Alaska

Unsuccessful Reform Efforts

1999
A proposed constitutional amendment (SJR15) was introduced and later withdrawn that would have given legislators the power to confirm or reject the governor's judicial appointments. Similar amendments have been proposed several times in recent years.

2001
A proposed constitutional amendment (SJR22) was introduced that would have reduced term lengths of supreme court justices to six years, and terms of superior court judges to four years. The proposal died in committee.

2002
A proposed bill (SB159) would have reduced term lengths of court of appeals judges to six years.