Push to Add Appellate Seats Fizzles

California won’t be adding four new appellate justices this year. A last-minute push to create the new bench positions fizzled Thursday night in the final hours of the 2005-06 legislative session.

As reported today at Cal Law, the Judicial Council, the Assembly speaker’s office and other legislative sources confirmed at press time that Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata was contemplating a procedural maneuver — known as a gut and amend — to create the posts. Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez balked at the proposal, however, and an authorization bill never materialized for a vote.

After the article went to print Thursday night, Perata spokeswoman Alicia Trost said a gut and amend was “absolutely not happening.” Asked if the Senate leader had contemplated such a move earlier Thursday Trost said she did not know.

— Cheryl Miller

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