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Arizona voters to get ballot measure on picking judges

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Arizona voters will decide whether to lengthen the terms of judges and lessen the State Bar of Arizona’s voice in appointing judges.

The Senate on Monday approved a resolution to put a referendum on judicial selection on the 2012 ballot. The House approved it last week.

The measure would extend the terms for state Supreme Court and Court of Appeals judges to eight years from six. County Superior Court judges’ terms would change to eight years from four.

The State Bar of Arizona would no longer nominate five members to 16-member commissions that choose prospective judges on the state appeals and Superior Court in Maricopa and Pima counties.

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