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Summary: SB 209 is enabling legislation for SJR 42 which would amend the Texas Constitution to authorize the State Commission on Judicial Conduct to issue an order of public admonition, warning, reprimand, or a requirement to obtain additional training or education following a formal hearing. This bill would add a temporary provision to the constitution that establishes the amendment’s effective date as January 1, 2014, and clarifies that the amendment applies only to a formal proceeding.
Analysis: This legislation would lead to greater public accountability for judges and justices, which would serve as a limitation on the judicial branch of government. We support this legislation.