GOP lawmakers hope judicial panel will rule more favorably on challenges to just passed state laws
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne) -- A bill has been forwarded to Gov. Bill Lee for his consideration this week that would change the way legal challenges to Tennessee law are decided.
Davidson County Chancery Court currently hears those cases. However, the leaders of Tennessee’s GOP dominated legislature view the Davidson County courts as liberal and frequently biased against the legislation they pass.
Republicans tried and failed to create a special court, located outside Davidson County, to hear all Constitutional challenges. They passed a compromise measure instead.
The bill on the governor’s desk would see challenges to state law heard by three judge panels. Those panels would be appointed by the Tennessee Supreme Court and would be composed of one judge each from West, Middle and East Tennessee.