the state legislature, the House Judiciary Committee has approved a bill (HF
260) changing the current residency requirements for judicial applicants.
The bill now moves to the entire house of representatives for debate.
bill, which was requested by the Judicial Branch, specifies that a district
court judge must be a resident of the appropriate judicial district or judicial
election district before taking office. The effect of HF 260 is to allow
judicial applications on a statewide basis as compared to the state’s current
methodology which requires judicial applicants reside within the judicial
example, with the passage of HF 260, an attorney in Burlington could apply for
a judgeship in Spencer. An attorney from Decorah could apply for a judgeship in
Shenandoah. The Iowa State Bar Association Board of Governors has adopted a
position to oppose statewide judicial appointments and supports the current
interested in contacting state legislators to express opinions regarding HF
260, may do so by telephone or by email. The legislator's contact
information can be found here.