Bill

SB 467

86(R) - 2019
Senate State Affairs
Judges

Vote Recommendation

Yes
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Author(s)

Judith Zaffirini

Bill Caption

Relating to the procedures of the State Commission on Judicial Conduct.

Bill Analysis

SB 467 would require the State Commission on Judicial Conduct to include additional requirements to its annual report, including the number of complaints pending, the number of complaints referred to law enforcement, and the number of complaints deferred pending criminal investigation. It would also require the Commission to notify the complainant of any change in case status, rather than just a quarterly notification. Finally, SB 467 would require the Commission to maintain website information on each complaint filed, establish sanction guidelines for judicial misconduct, and establish a complaint schedule outlining times for Commission action on a complaint.

Vote Recommendation Notes

SB 467 supports limited government by increasing transparency with respect to judicial conduct. For this reason we support SB 467.