Texas Proposition 7, State Commission on Judicial Conduct (1977)

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Texas Proposition 7 was on the November 8, 1977 statewide ballot in Texas as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was accepted.

Election results

Proposition 7
Approveda Yes 354,275 66.2%

Text of measure

The short ballot summary Texas voters saw on their ballot was "The constitutional amendment changing the name of the State Judicial Qualifications Commission to the State Commission on Judicial Conduct, and relating to the commission and the powers and proceedings of the commission, a master, and the supreme court, or court of civil appeals justices serving in place of the supreme court, for the suspension, censure, removal or involuntary retirement of a justice, judge or justice of the peace under certain circumstances."[1]

Constitutional changes

Prop 7 amended Sections 1-a, 1-a(2), (5), (6), (7), (8), (9), (10) and (12) to Article 5 of the Texas Constitution.

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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