| In the November 2013 constitutional amendment election, Burnt Orange Report endorses a vote FOR Statewide Proposition 9.
This amendment will expand Section 1-a(8), Article V of the Texas Constitution, giving the State Commission on Judicial Conduct more sanctions to use against a judge or justice following a hearing.
Currently, the commission may only issue public censures and endorse the removal or retirement of the judge or justice following hearing. The additional sanctions would include public admonition, warning, reprimands, or requiring that the judge or justice receive additional education and training.
Supporters of the amendment argue that the current limit of sanctions may give the commission fewer reasons to pursue certain cases. A broader array of sanctions against judges and justices seems like a good thing. After all, if they're doing their jobs correctly, they're not going to be sanctioned, right?
We unanimously endorse a vote FOR Proposition 9 in the November 2013 constitutional amendment elections.
Early Voting: October 21-November 1, 2013 | Election Day: Tuesday November 5
Photo Voter ID is required to vote. Click here for a list of acceptable forms of ID.
Endorsements are made based on a weighted consensus of the staff, which guides the type and tone of endorsement. Members of the Burnt Orange Report staff employed by campaigns abstain from voting on those races.