Texas Proposition 14 (2007)
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Proposition 14 permits a justice or judge to serve the remainder of their term despite reaching the mandatory age for retirement.
Proposition 14 appeared on the statewide November 2007 ballot in Texas along with fifteen other statewide propositions; all of them passed. All sixteen ballot measures were legislative referrals voted onto the ballot by the Texas State Legislature.
|Texas Proposition 14 (2007)|
Text of measure
The short ballot summary voters saw on their ballot read: "The constitutional amendment permitting a justice or judge who reaches the mandatory retirement age while in office to serve the remainder of the justice's or judge's current term."
Proposition 14 would honor the intent of Texas voters by allowing judges to serve out their elected terms.
Dallas Morning News
- " Allowing judges to complete their terms after reaching age 75 makes sense. That's why we say vote yes."
- "YES. If they can still do the job, let 'em work."
Statement of opposition
One reason for mandatory retirement is that aging judges can contribute to an increasingly ineffective judiciary and can be difficult to remove because of the protections of incumbency. Proposition 14 would erode the important policy goal of ensuring a vibrant and able judiciary.
Path to the ballot
- See also: Laws governing direct democracy in Texas
As laid out in Article 17 of the Texas Constitution, in order for a proposed constitutional amendment to be placed on the ballot, the Texas State Legislature must propose the amendment in a joint resolution of both the Texas State Senate and the Texas House of Representatives. The joint resolution can originate in either the House or the Senate. The resolution must be adopted by a vote of at least two-thirds of the membership of each house of the legislature. That amounts to a minimum of 100 votes in the House of Representatives and 21 votes in the Senate.
- Ballot Language For November 6, 2007 Constitutional Amendment
- Election results (From the drop-down menu, choose "2007 Constitutional Amendment Election")