Senate Bill 10, which would eliminate dozens of boards and commissions, is out of conference committee and on the House calendar today.
As originally filed, the bill eliminated 12 special superior court judgeship positions. But the House balked, pulling that provision from its version of the bill.
The committee substitute now recommended resurrects the provision but allows sitting special superior court judges to complete their terms. The three business court judgeships remain in tact.
Though the compromise may sidestep constitutional questions about whether the legislature can remove judges, its passage would still add to the chronic understaffing of the courts.