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A former Alaska Supreme Court chief justice says he doesn't see a need to change the state's constitution to alter the makeup of the Alaska Judicial Council.

Walter Carpeneti told the House Judiciary Committee there's a heavy burden on those who want to change the constitution to show there's a problem. He says he doesn't see one here.

The committee is considering HJR33, which proposes doubling from three to six the number of non-attorney members on the council. It would keep at three the number of attorneys on the panel.

Supporters say this would increase the public voice on the panel. Critics say it could politicize the process by increasing the number of appointees chosen by the governor.

Council responsibilities include nominating to the governor candidates for judicial vacancies.