The Providence Journal reports that discussions have begun on legislation aimed at increasing the diversity of Rhode Island’s judicial system. The bill would add a diversity requirement to the rules governing the composition of the state’s Judicial Nominating Commission (see Gavel Grab).
Addressing the House Judiciary Committee, Democratic Rep. Anastasia Williams said, “It’s come to the point where we do not need to study it. We do not need to talk about it much more, but rather we need to act.” According to the newspaper she went on to note that of 85 state judges, magistrates and Supreme Court justices, only four are of color.
The committee has reportedly recommended that the measure be held for study.