Bill to change makeup of judiciary court

Friday, March 30, 2012, Vol. 36, No. 13

NASHVILLE (AP) - A proposal to change the makeup of the entity that investigates complaints against Tennessee judges has passed the Senate.

Republican Sen. Mike Faulk of Kingsport is the primary sponsor of the legislation that was approved 30-0 on Thursday.

The measure would terminate the Court of the Judiciary and replace it with a 16-member board of judicial conduct, which would pretty much have the same function as the court.

Under the proposal, the board must report four times a year to the chief clerk of each legislative chamber, information that includes "complaints opened, closed or pending" and "the number of complaints for which probable cause has been found."

The companion bill is being scheduled for a vote on the House floor.