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Dallas City-Owned Convention Center Hotel Initiative (2009)
If it had been approved by voters, the measure would have added a new city charter that will prohibit Dallas from owning a convention center hotel. The Dallas City Council is trying to build such a hotel at present.
UNITE HERE, a service employee union, has been a primary supporter of the measure.
The measure was defeated.
- Yes: 41,287 (48.76%)
- No: 43,382 (51.24%) 
Path to the ballot
National Ballot Access was the signature vendor for the petition drive. More than 20,000 signatures were collected to qualify it for the ballot.
The Dallas No Taxpayer Subsidies for Hotels Without Popular Vote (2009) will be on the same May 9 ballot.
- Dallas Morning News, "Dallas council puts two convention hotel-related proposals on ballot," March 4, 2009
- Dallas News, "Labor union backing anti-subsidy referendum has troubles of its own," March 27, 2009
- The Morning Dallas News, "Dallas convention hotel supporters prevail in tight race," May 10,2009 (dead link)
- Dallas County, "May 9,2009 election results," accessed May 11,2009