Texas Proposition 8, Creation of the State Judicial Qualifications Commission (1965)

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Texas Proposition 8 was on the November 2, 1965 statewide ballot in Texas as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was accepted.

Election results

Proposition 8
Approveda Yes 352,879 65.9%

Text of measure

The short ballot summary Texas voters saw on their ballot was "For the Constitutional Amendment providing for the automatic retirement of District and Appellate Judges for old age, creating the State Judicial Qualifications Commission, defining its functions; and empowering the Supreme Court, upon recommendation of said Commission, to remove District and Appellate Judges for misconduct and to retire such judges in cases of disability."[1]

Constitutional changes

Prop 8 amended Section 1-a 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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