Texas Justice Retirement Age, Proposition 14 (2007)
The Texas Justice Retirement Age Amendment, also known as Proposition 14, was on the November 6, 2007 ballot in Texas as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved. The measure permitted a justice or judge to serve the remainder of their term despite reaching the mandatory age for retirement.
|Texas Proposition 14 (2007)|
Election results via: Legislative Reference Library of Texas
Text of measure
The text of the measure can be read here.
Proposition 14 would honor the intent of Texas voters by allowing judges to serve out their elected terms.
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.
Media editorial positions
- The Dallas Morning News said, "Allowing judges to complete their terms after reaching age 75 makes sense. That's why we say vote yes."
- The Austin Chronicle said, "YES. If they can still do the job, let 'em work."
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.
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- Texas Legislature Online, "H.J.R. 36," accessed January 19, 2015
- Legislative Reference Library of Texas, "Constitutional amendment election dates," accessed January 19, 2015
- Texas Legislative Council, "Amendments to the Texas Constitution Since 1876," accessed January 19, 2015
- House Research Organization, "Permitting judges reaching mandatory retirement age to finish their terms," accessed January 19, 2015
- Dallas Morning News, "We Recommend," October 23, 2007
- Austin Chronicle, "Austin Chronicle Endorsements," November 2, 2007
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