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​​​Text to Appear on the Ballot: 
"The constitutional amendment relating to expanding the types of sanctions that may be assessed against a judge or justice following a formal proceeding instituted by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct."
Brief Description:
The Texas constitution establishes a State Commission on Judicial conduct, which investigates and can issue a variety of sanctions, or punishments, on judges who engage in misconduct. Mild sanctions primarily intended to prevent repeated offenses are generally handled in informal closed sessions by the Commission. In more serious cases, the commission engages in a formal process, which could lead to public censure of a judge or a recommendation for removal or retirement. The constitution currently limits the kinds of sanctions the Commission may issue when it engages in this formal process. This amendment would expand the kinds of sanctions available to the Commission to include the kinds of milder sanctions it issues in less-serious cases. 

Sponsors: 
Senators Joan Hoffman, Robert Nichols, and Harold Dutton, Jr.

Vote on the Legislation: 
House Vote Total:
Yes: 142 votes (100%)
No: 0 votes (0%)

Senate Vote Total:
Yes: 31 votes (100%)
No: 0 votes (0%)​​
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