Haslam, Bredesen to speak in favor of constitutional amendment on judges at UT on Wednesday

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KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam and his Democratic predecessor, Phil Bredesen, are appearing at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville on Wednesday in support of a proposed constitutional amendment on the merit selection of appeals and Supreme Court judges.

The event at the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy will be moderated by UT College of Law Dean Doug Blaze.

Voters will decide in November whether to approve the constitutional amendment, which would keep the current system of having the governor appoint the state's top judges. It would also add a provision to give the state Legislature the power to reject the governor's nominees.

Some opponents of the measure call for popular election contests for justices instead of yes-no retention votes every eight years.

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