6342.E AMH LANT ADAM 084





ESB 6342 - H AMD 1109

By Representative Lantz



   Strike everything after the enacting clause and insert the following:

   "Sec. 1. RCW 3.50.055 and 1993 c 317 s 4 are each amended to read as follows:

   Notwithstanding RCW 3.50.040 and 3.50.050, ((judicial)) judge positions may be filled only by election ((under the following circumstances:

   (1) Each full-time equivalent judicial position shall be filled by election. This requirement applies regardless of how many judges are employed to fill the position. For purposes of this section, a full-time equivalent position is thirty-five or more hours per week of compensated time.

   (2) In any city with one or more full-time equivalent judicial positions, an additional judicial position or positions that is or are in combination more than one-half of a full-time equivalent position shall also be filled by election)) in cities having a population of more than five thousand for the term of office which begins January 1, 2010, and every four years thereafter."


   Correct the title.




EFFECT: Strikes the underlying bill requiring election of all municipal court judges and instead requires election of municipal court judges in cities with a population of more than five thousand beginning with the January 1, 2010, term of office.