Video-Abolish the Mass. Governor's Council?
Because recent judicial nominations in Massachusetts proposed by Governor Patrick have run into healthy opposition there is push by some political insiders to eliminate the Governor's Council, an elected body of eight with the power to approve or reject nominees.
The Governor's Council should be strenthend not eliminated. In this video from Greater Boston's Emily Rooney Senator Brian Joyce argues that nominees are vetted by 'experienced bodies' - a secret process by the Judicial Nominating Committee (all lawyers) and the trade group of lawyers from the Bar Associations. The Governor's Council is the only opportunity for the public to have a say in who sits on the bench in Massachusetts.