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A Changing Judiciary

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John Pemble / IPR
During his Condition of the Judiciary, acting Chief Justice David Wiggins says Iowa Supreme Court justices have the greatest respect for legislators and other state public officials.

Last year a law changed how justices make their way to the bench.  Senate Republicans supported the change because they claim some court rulings are examples of “judicial activism.”  Acting Chief Justice David Wiggins says the job of the court is to make sure laws don’t violate the constitution. This year, Senate Republicans are trying to pass a state constitutional amendment in response to a 2018 Iowa Supreme Court ruling about abortion access. This is also happening at a time when the governor will be appointing two new justices to the high court in 2020.

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John Pemble is a reporter for IPR