Does Texas Have a State Proposition Process?


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Texas allows one of the six most common direct democracy propositions or ballot measures, the ratification or rejection of a constitutional amendment, according to Ballotpedia. The Texas legislature can put such an amendment to a vote after following the procedure as dictated by Article 17 of the state constitution.

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Does Texas Have a State Proposition Process?
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For the constitutional amendment to come before the people for a vote as a proposition, the state legislature must propose the amendment through a joint resolution of the state senate and house of representatives, says Ballotpedia. The proposal can originate with either body, and a two-thirds vote of both houses is necessary for approval. The resolution must also specifically state the proposed date on which voters vote on the amendment as a proposition. The legislature also has the power to revise and re-submit an amendment to the state constitution if the voters initially reject it. Fifteen other states allow for voters to ratify or reject constitutional amendments via this kind of proposition.

Other common forms of direct democracy used in other states but not in Texas include votes on legislatively referred state statutes, directly or indirectly initiated state statutes, veto referendums and statewide recalls, explains Ballotpedia. Other forms of direct democracy in other states include citizen petitions generated to form grand juries.

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