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SJR 3: Proposing amendments to the Constitution of the State of Alaska to increase the number of members on the judicial council; relating to the initial terms of new members appointed to the judicial council; and relating to the confirmation of members of the judicial council.

00                       SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 3                                                                     
01 Proposing amendments to the Constitution of the State of Alaska to increase the number                                  
02 of members on the judicial council; relating to the initial terms of new members                                        
03 appointed to the judicial council; and relating to the confirmation of members of the                                   
04 judicial council.                                                                                                       
05 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:                                                               
06    * Section 1. Article IV, sec. 8, Constitution of the State of Alaska, is amended to read:                          
07            Section 8. Judicial Council. The judicial council shall consist of ten                                 
08       [SEVEN] members. Three attorney members shall be appointed for six-year terms by                                  
09       the governing body of the organized state bar. Six [THREE] non-attorney members                               
10       shall be appointed for six-year terms by the governor. The three attorney members                             
11       and six non-attorney members shall be subject to confirmation by a majority of the                            
12       members of the legislature in joint session. Vacancies shall be filled for the unexpired                          
13       term in like manner. Appointments shall be made with due consideration to area                                    
14       representation and without regard to political affiliation. The chief justice of the                              
15       supreme court shall be ex-officio the tenth [SEVENTH] member and chairman of the                              
01       judicial council. No member of the judicial council, except the chief justice, may hold                           
02       any other office or position of profit under the United States or the State. The judicial                         
03       council shall act by a majority vote [CONCURRENCE] of a quorum of at least                                
04       seven [FOUR OR MORE] members and according to rules which it adopts.                                          
05    * Sec. 2. Article XV, Constitution of the State of Alaska, is amended by adding a new                            
06 section to read:                                                                                                        
07            Section 30. Judicial Council Additional Members. If the 2016 amendment                                   
08       increasing the membership of the judicial council (art. IV, sec. 8) is adopted, the first                         
09       term for the new non-attorney members of the judicial council shall be for two, four,                             
10       and six years respectively.                                                                                       
11    * Sec. 3. The amendments proposed by this resolution shall be placed before the voters of                          
12 the state at the next general election in conformity with art. XIII, sec. 1, Constitution of the                        
13 State of Alaska, and the election laws of the state.