DOs Answer the Call!!!
Written by Executive Vice President, Public Policy and Association Affairs, Andy Sandusky

February 22, 2019

POMA members stepped up and made their voices heard on the proposed change in the Supreme Court’s venue rule change. POMA’s action alert asked you to answer the call and you did!  Thanks to everyone who took the time to send comments opposing the venue rule change to the Supreme Court’s Committee on Rules of Civil Procedure.  POMA sent its official comments to the Court as well.

In a letter from the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Thomas G. Saylor, Esq., to the Republican House Leadership, he informed the House that the Supreme Court would not act on the venue rule change until a study was completed by the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee, which is expected late this year, or early next. This is a great development and an extraordinary step that the Supreme Court has taken. While it cannot be proven, it is apparent that POMA, along with its allies, did a great job of getting its grassroots advocates engaged in the effort to bring light to the process and oppose the change in venue rule. 

However, this reprieve from decision making now, in no way impacts the ability of the Supreme Court to adopt the changes to the venue rule later, after the report is completed. Therefore, POMA members must understand that while we won a battle, the war is still very much alive.  POMA members need to be vigilant in knowing this and responding to calls of action on this topic sometime in the future.  The POMA advocacy team will keep you up to date and informed on this important issue.