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Proposals Seek Senate Confirmation of Judges (Feb 22, 2011)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Three measures that seek a public vote on whether the Oklahoma Senate would be required to confirm judicial appointments by the governor are heading to the full Senate for a vote.

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved all three measures on Tuesday, despite concerns from some members of the committee that requiring Senate confirmation would politicize the process of selecting judges.

Currently, when a judicial vacancy occurs, the governor selects a candidate from a list of three people forwarded from the Judicial Nominating Commission, a 15-member panel that screens applicants for the job.

Under the proposals by Republican Sens. Cliff Aldridge, Rob Johnson and Clark Jolley, a majority of the Senate would be required to confirm the governor's pick.



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