MADISON (WKOW) – A Republican proposed constitutional amendment would change how a Wisconsin Supreme Court chief justice is selected.
A proposal being circulated by Republican state Sen. Tom Tiffany would require that the chief justice be selected by a majority of the seven justices serving on the court, rather than solely based on seniority. The election would happen every two years and the chief justice would be limited to no more than three consecutive terms.
Current Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson has been on the court since 1976 and has been chief justice since 1996.
The proposed measure would have to pass two consecutive legislative sessions. Then the measure would be put up for a vote by people across the state before it would take effect.
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