MODERATOR RICH DUBEK: We do have a speaker in opposition to Prop 115 and she is JoJene Mills, a Tucson lawyer and Chair of the No on Prop 115 Committee. JoJene, two minutes, please.
MS. JOJENE MILLS: Thanks, Rich.
Secretary Bennett, I would respectfully disagree with how you characterize Proposition 115.
Because the real point of Proposition 115 is to allow the Governor almost complete power over how our most important judges are selected in this state.
Now, I think we all remember from civics class, that a separate, independent court system is one of the most important parts of American government. And in Arizona, 40 years ago, our citizens changed our Constitution to have a form of what's called "merit
selection of judges." And that's how we elect -- that's how we select Supreme Court justices, Appellant justices, and some trial court justices.
Now, in the 40 years since we made that change, we have been held up as a model across the country for being one of the best systems for appointing judges. In fact, I was really interested that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce said: That Arizona leads the Nation with the procedures it's put in place to fulfill the promise of true non-partisan merit selection. And there are plenty of other praises for what are called best practices in the Nation, so why would we want to change that?
Well, politicians have always wanted to take control of the courts and that's what Proposition 115 does. What it does is it removes some of the non-politicians, non-partisan people who are involved in the selection process and gives almost complete control to the Governor.
And why would we hear that the State Bar and the judges would agree to this? Well, as their lobbyist, the lobbyist for the judges said: That was a compromise that was extorted by our Legislature in threatening our courts with other different measures that would have been bad, too. And as a result of that, these organizations agreed to go along with this.
The organizations that oppose this include the League of Women Voters, business groups, the Phoenix -- or, the Phoenix Police and a whole bunch of other lawyers.
MODERATOR RICH DUBEK: And your time is up.
MS. JOJENE MILLS: So look at StopProp115, for the answer. Thanks.