FOLLY AT THE MARBLE PALACE

Some of the bills that are introduced on Smith Hill leave you scratching your head. Many times lawmakers will introduce bills just to satisfy their constituents knowing they don't stand a snowball's chance in hell of passing such as former Rep Peter Palumbo looking to make it illegal to drive while having a dog in your lap. I doubt Representative Anastasia Williams' proposal is made with the same folly. Williams' bill reads "whenever a judge from the superior court, family court, district court, traffic tribunal, workers' compensation court or municipal court who is a person of color leaves the bench, for whatever reason, their replacement must be a person of color, so as not to diminish the number of judges of color in that court. At the risk of irritating minorities, I'll ask a simple question. Should these vacancies be filled on merit and not color?

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