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Legislature moving quickly on chief justice amendment

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin state Senate is scheduled to pass a Republican-backed constitutional amendment that would change the way the state Supreme Court chief justice is selected.

The Senate was scheduled to vote Tuesday on the proposal. The Assembly was to take it up Thursday.

If passed, as expected, the measure would then go before voters on the April 7 spring ballot.

Under the constitution currently, the member of the Supreme Court with the most seniority serves as chief justice. The amendment would change that to have the seven-member court pick its leader.

Democratic opponents say the change is targeting liberal Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson, who has had the position for 18 years.

But supporters say it's just bringing Wisconsin in line with 22 other states that have a peer-selection process.

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