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Governor signs bill remaking and expanding judicial watchdog

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Georgia State Capitol (Source: WGCL) Georgia State Capitol (Source: WGCL)

Georgia's governor has signed a bill to reconfigure and expand the state's judicial watchdog agency.

The legislation signed Monday by Gov. Nathan Deal takes effect July 1 and increases the number of members of the Judicial Qualifications Commission from seven to 10. It also splits the commission into a seven-member investigative panel and a three-member hearing panel.

The governor would appoint a lawyer to the investigative panel, while the state Supreme Court would appoint two judges and the lieutenant governor and House speaker would each appoint one lawyer and one non-lawyer. The hearing panel would include one non-lawyer chosen by the governor and a judge and an attorney selected by the Supreme Court.

All appointees would have to be confirmed by the Senate.

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