Bill Text: TX HJR63 | 2019-2020 | 86th Legislature | Introduced


Bill Title: Proposing a constitutional amendment increasing the amount of time a person must have been a practicing lawyer or judge to be eligible to serve as a district court judge.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-04-15 - Left pending in committee [HJR63 Detail]

Download: Texas-2019-HJR63-Introduced.html
  86R8955 SRS-D
 
  By: Pacheco H.J.R. No. 63
 
 
 
A JOINT RESOLUTION
  proposing a constitutional amendment increasing the amount of time
  a person must have been a practicing lawyer or judge to be eligible
  to serve as a district court judge.
         BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 7, Article V, Texas Constitution, is
  amended to read as follows:
         Sec. 7.  The State shall be divided into judicial districts,
  with each district having one or more Judges as may be provided by
  law or by this Constitution. Each district judge shall be elected
  by the qualified voters at a General Election and shall be a citizen
  of the United States and of this State, who is licensed to practice
  law in this State and has been a practicing lawyer or a Judge of a
  Court in this State, or both combined, for six [four (4)] years next
  preceding the judge's [his] election, who has resided in the
  district in which the judge [he] was elected for two [(2)] years
  next preceding the judge's [his] election, and who shall reside in
  the [his] district during the judge's [his] term of office and hold
  [his] office for the period of four [(4)] years, and who shall
  receive for the judge's [his] services an annual salary to be fixed
  by the Legislature. The Court shall conduct its proceedings at the
  county seat of the county in which the case is pending, except as
  otherwise provided by law. The judge [He] shall hold the regular
  terms of [his] Court at the County Seat of each County in the [his]
  district in such manner as may be prescribed by law. The
  Legislature shall have power by General or Special Laws to make such
  provisions concerning the terms or sessions of each Court as it may
  deem necessary.
         The Legislature shall also provide for the holding of
  District Court when the Judge thereof is absent, or is from any
  cause disabled or disqualified from presiding.
         SECTION 2.  The following temporary provision is added to
  the Texas Constitution:
         TEMPORARY PROVISION. (a)  This temporary provision applies
  to the constitutional amendment proposed by the 86th Legislature,
  Regular Session, 2019, increasing the amount of time a person must
  have been a practicing lawyer or judge to be eligible to serve as a
  district court judge. The constitutional amendment takes effect
  January 1, 2020, and applies only to a person elected on or after
  that date to serve as a judge.
         (b)  This temporary provision expires January 1, 2027.
         SECTION 3.  This proposed constitutional amendment shall be
  submitted to the voters at an election to be held November 5, 2019.
  The ballot shall be printed to permit voting for or against the
  proposition: "The constitutional amendment increasing the amount
  of time a person must have been a practicing lawyer or judge to be
  eligible to serve as a district court judge."
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