Texas Senate Tackles Judicial Election Reform

Law360, Dallas (April 1, 2013, 7:16 PM EDT) -- Texas lawmakers on Monday said they want to change how the state’s appellate judges are elected, moving away from current partisan voting to a system centered on retention elections, in an attempt to get more qualified jurists on the bench and avoid public perception of bias.

In SB 577 and the accompanying proposed constitutional amendment, SJR 34, Sen. Robert Duncan, R-Lubbock, advocates for a three-tier system, in which each judicial vacancy on the state’s civil and criminal appeals courts would be filled through appointment by the...
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