COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri Federalist Society will host a debate on Amendment Three Thursday at 5:30 p.m. Amendment Three proposes a change in how many people the governor of Missouri can appoint to the Appellate Judicial Commission, which is the body responsible for choosing nominees for the Court of Appeals and the Missouri Supreme Court.
Right now, the commission consists of the chief justice of the Missouri Supreme Court as the chair, three citizens appointed by the governor and three lawyers elected by the Missouri Bar. If Amendment Three passes in November, the governor would have the power to appoint four people to the commission.
The debate will include two speakers, one opposing and one supporting the amendment. Carrie Severino, chief council and policy director for the Judicial Crisis Network, will be arguing in support of the change that would give the governor more power. Skip Walther, the former president of the Missouri Bar, will argue against Amendment Three.
Organizer of the event and University of Missouri law student Daniel Hartman said it will be an important discussion that can help educate Missouri voters about the amendment. The debate will take place at the University of Missouri Law School in Hulston Hall. Voters will decide on Amendment Three at the polls on November 6.