On Sept 11 State Rep Sheldon Johnson met with the Coalition for Impartial Justice, constituents from District 67B and interested St Paul LWV members.
The Coalition for Impartial Justice led the discussion on the proposed constitutional amendment concerning judicial selection, retention and evaluation.The aim of the amendment is to prevent judicial campaigns from becoming politically driven or judges being beholden to special interest groups that contribute large sums of money to a judges campaign.This reform would feature a nonpartisan performance evaluation commission, retention elections to ensure that voters retain accountability and performance evaluation results made available to voters.
Rep. Johnson sits on the Judiciary Finance and Policy Judiciary Committee and was encouraged to support the amendment by the participating constituents. He does support the amendment but said that committee chair, Rep. Debra Hilstrom, is not a strong supporter of the amendment.
The group thanks Byerlys for allowing any public group or person to meet in the space that used to be their restaurant.