(Raleigh, NC) The House today passed HB 222 which would allow Supreme Court Justices, once elected, to simply face retention elections, rather than opponents. At the end of the term, voters would be asked whether or not to retain elected justices. Supporters say this cuts down on the growing costs of judicial races. If a justice was appointed to fill a vacancy, the first election would be by ballot and subsequent ones would be retention elections. The House passed it 65-49, after the Senate passed it last week. It now goes Governor McCrory for final approval.