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January 18, 2010

Reforming the SCOTUS Act

(Submitted on behalf of John Berlec)


Whereas the SCOTUS has become inactive

Whereas the SCOTUS is the third part of our government

Whereas the SCOTUS has the ability to deam any law or policy unconstitutional

Section I: Appointing Members

The Senate Leaders to the Democratic and GOP parties shall appoint 3 members to the SCOTUS. The Majority Senate Leader shall appoint 1 more member.

Section II: Hearings and Votes

After appointments from the senate leaders, each appointed member will have a hearing. This hearing shall be 1 week long. They will then be allowed to answer any questions other members may have. They shall then have a Senate Confirmation Vote. They must have the majority to become part of the SCOTUS.

NOTE: Confirmation Votes shall not be considered bills, and shall not be part of the amount of bills each Leader/VP can bring up.

Section III: Choosing SCOTUS Head

The President of the United States shall choose the Head of the SCOTUS out of the 7 members the leaders have chosen.

NOTE: The chosen member must have been confirmed by the Senate.

Section IV: Time

This process shall be held every three months, right after the general election.

Section V: Rules

- The Senate Leaders may not appoint themselves, nor any of their alts into the SCOTUS

- The Senate Leaders may not appoint the President, nor the Vice President to the SCOTUS, nor any of their alts


Section VI: Enactment

This bill shall become effective upon favorable passage in congress.

Respectfully Submitted,
John Berlac




Submitted 5:58 PM by Pileup
I like it
Same to your bill Berlac. I think that this is like the best thing you have ever done.

I support this bill 100%
Posted By McCain-Palin on 1/19/10 at 12:23 AM | Reply
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I like it too.
Posted By Jason Elam on 1/19/10 at 11:13 AM | Reply
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"The Senate Leaders to the Democratic and GOP parties shall appoint 3 members to the SCOTUS. The Majority Senate Leader shall appoint 1 more member. "

This is horrendous it gives senate leaders way too much power is probably unconstitutional, and takes away a right that is expressly given to the president.
Posted By Reggie Rocka on 1/19/10 at 2:51 PM | Reply
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The President is allowed to choose who heads the SCOTUS. In order to reform the SCOTUS, this is the only approach. We are letting them pick the committees. Why not the SCOTUS?
Posted By John Berlac on 1/19/10 at 3:54 PM | Reply
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because thats the presidents job.
Posted By Reggie Rocka on 1/19/10 at 4:21 PM | Reply
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Okay, we can change that. Let it be just for this one. After that, the President can appoint 3 members per term if he so wishes. But we need a SCOTUS.

We can do this:

-Each Senate Leader chooses 3 members
-Majority Senate Leader Chooses 1 member
-President Chooses Head

Then the SCOTUS will be filled. After that, the President can:

-Appoint 3 members
-Leave the SCOTUS as is

I understand that it is the Presidents Job to do this. However, in order to get the SCOTUS going, we need to do this.
Posted By John Berlac on 1/19/10 at 6:32 PM | Reply
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I ask Pileup to change the following things:

Delete Section IV: Time

and....

Replace it with:

Section IV: Temporary Members

These appointed members may be temporary. After the SCOTUS has been filled with members by the Senate Leaders, orriginal rules shall apply. This is a one-time process in order to get the SCOTUS running. This means, after the 7 members have been places, the President may replace them with members. However, these members must apply to the original rules.
Posted By John Berlac on 1/19/10 at 6:36 PM | Reply
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your missing the point what your trying to do requires an amendment it is the presidents job to appoint all federal judges including supreme court justices and then the senate confirms them senate leaders are not allowed to appoint justices. If you want a supreme court ask Holcomb to appoint justices
Posted By Reggie Rocka on 1/19/10 at 8:11 PM | Reply
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That would take 2 terms.
Posted By John Berlac on 1/19/10 at 10:07 PM | Reply
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This would have to be an amendment to the Constitution. You can't rewrite the Constitution via Congressional act.
Posted By Roseanne Connor on 1/20/10 at 12:23 AM | Reply
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I have posted the discussion for the Amendment.
Posted By John Berlac on 1/20/10 at 6:27 PM | Reply
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Once the bill has been replaced like Berlac said, I agree with it.

The original setup is fine for the Majority/Minority leaders to do. After that, however, the president can replace one per term, oldest first. The oldest should be determined where, if we were to set it up now, there would be 4 GOP and 3 Dems. So, we alternate. GOP[oldest], Dem, GOP, Dem, GOP, Dem, GOP[youngest]. Who fills each can be determined within party boundaries.
Posted By Tony Carli on 1/21/10 at 9:33 PM | Reply
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In order to make the SCOTUS active, this is the most effective way to do this.
Posted By John Berlac on 1/22/10 at 7:10 PM | Reply
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And holcomb doesn't want a scotus because he knows is eo's will get overturned.
Posted By Jason Elam on 1/26/10 at 11:46 AM | Reply
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This is unconstitutional to an extraordinary degree. No Senator or Representative who has taken an oath to protect the Constitution should vote for this Bill.
Posted By justinbarbour1 on 6/9/11 at 4:57 AM | Reply
Vote No
This is a ridiculous bill this infriges on separation of powers and pressures the Supreme Court via Congress
Posted By Publius21 on 4/26/12 at 9:14 PM | Reply
Agree
We need members like you to join my uprising. But this game back in your hands, make it fun again. If this goes to congress everyone should vote yes on this. And for those who don't know how congress works watch c-spanl
Posted By Demo on 7/24/12 at 12:01 AM | Reply

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