AG Paxton Commends U.S. District Court Ruling That Upholds Texas’ Time-Honored System of Statewide Judicial Elections

AG Paxton Commends U.S. District Court Ruling That Upholds Texas’ Time-Honored System of Statewide Judicial Elections

Attorney General Ken Paxton today applauded a decision by the U.S. District Court in Corpus Christi upholding the well-established practice of statewide judicial elections for the Texas Supreme Court and Court of Criminal Appeals. The court ruled that the system fully complies with voting rights’ laws.“Texans have been choosing the courts’ highest appellate judges in statewide elections for 142 years, and this system supports the state’s interest in maintaining judicial accountability and independence,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The system was enshrined in the Texas Constitution in 1867 and allows every Texas voter to vote for every candidate seeking a seat on the state’s two highest courts.”A lawsuit against the state of Texas sought to divide the two highest courts into single-member judicial districts. But such a change would mean voters would only be able to vote for one seat on each high court instead of casting a ballot for all 18 seats.  The court concluded that the plaintiffs that had standing “have not satisfied their burden to show that the voting methodology results in a denial or abridgement of the right of any citizen of the United States to vote on account of race or color.”View a copy of the U.S. District Court ruling here: https://bit.ly/2QjOpeF

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TCJL 2019 Session Report

TCJL 2019 Session Report

The 86th Legislative Session began with a distinctly different tone than its predecessor. The November 2018 election registered voter dissatisfaction with an aggressively partisan approach that produced an overemphasis on social issues at the expense of addressing basic functions, primarily public education. The Lieutenant Governor narrowly won re-election, and if it hadn’t been for a special election in which a…

LT. GOV. Patrick Announces 2021 Redistricting Committee

LT. GOV. Patrick Announces 2021 Redistricting Committee

AUSTIN – Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick announced his appointments to the 2021 Redistricting Committee today. Sen. Joan Huffman, R-Houston, will serve as Chair: “This critical committee is bipartisan and includes senators from every region of our state. Sen. Huffman is an exceptional and trusted leader in the Texas Senate and I am confident she and this committee will do the…

TCJL Files Amicus in Firearm Litigation

TCJL Files Amicus in Firearm Litigation

Last week TCJL filed an amicus curiae brief in a case of first impression that could have far-reaching impact on retail sellers of firearms and ammunition in Texas. The case, In re Academy, Ltd. d/b/a Academy Sports + Outdoors, arose from the horrific shooting at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas in November, 2017. Plaintiffs sued Academy, alleging, among other things, that it violated the federal Gun…

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