NEWS

Only one constitutional amendment advances in Senate

Staff reports

Senators are taking another crack at requiring aspiring judges to have more experience, yet several other ideas to change the state Constitution are in trouble with a deadline fast approaching.

Senate Joint Resolution Constitutional Amendment 120 was the only amendment out of seven to move forward from a Senate subcommittee today.

Already voted on and stalled in the House this spring, the proposal would require between 10 and 15 years experience as a licensed lawyer for candidates for judge seats.

"I think the intent is to limit the ability of lawyers who has been licensed for one, two or three years who run on the basis of ballot position and a nice sounding last name," said Sen. Don Harmon, D-Oak Park, who sponsors the idea and heads the subcommittee.

Other constitutional amendments that either did not receive approval from the committee or weren't voted on today have slim chances now of reaching the November ballot. Such amendments have to get through the House and Senate by early May.

State Capitol Bureau