Texas: bill removes power of State Commission on Judicial Conduct to discipline judges who refuse to follow federal court rulings; claims state judges have free speech right to refuse to obey federal court rulings

A bill introduced into the Texas Senate late last week would prohibit the State Commission on Judicial Conduct from pursing disciplinary action against a state judge who refused to obey federal court rulings.

SB 1307 as filed specifically provides

a judge is not subject to any disciplinary action, investigation, censure, or sanction for criticizing or refusing to follow an action or ruling of a federal court. A judge’s criticism of or refusal to follow an action or ruling of a federal court is considered the judge’s right to freedom of speech, protected under Section 8, Article I, Texas Constitution.

SB 1307 has been filed in the Senate but not yet assigned to a committee.