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Relating to the procedures of the State Commission on Judicial Conduct.
No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
SB 467 would require the State Commission on Judicial Conduct to include additional information in 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.
SB 467 supports limited government by increasing transparency with respect to judicial conduct. For this reason, we support SB 467.