Texas 1997 ballot measures

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Fifteen proposed constitutional amendments were on the 1997 ballot in Texas, in two separate elections. One amendment was voted on during a special statewide election on August 9, 1997 and the remaining fourteen amendments were voted on during a November 4, 1997 statewide election.
  • Thirteen of the proposed amendments were approved by voters in 1997. Two were defeated.
  • Topics in 1997 included: judicial reform, taxes, constitution, administration of government, bonds, regulation, and spending.

Historical facts

  • Since 1989, an average of 15 state questions have appeared on the ballot in the odd-numbered years.
  • In 2003 there were 22 proposed constitutional amendments on the Texas ballot. That number of proposed amendments set a 20-year record. 1989 was close, with 21 proposed amendments.
  • Altogether, Texans have voted on 162 proposed constitutional amendments in the last 20 years.
  • Texans have approved 89.5% of the constitutional amendments they've been asked to consider since 1989. In some years, every proposed amendment was approved. This includes the approval of all 19 amendments in 2001, all 22 in 2003 and all 16 in 2007.
  • Conversely, 10.5% of statewide ballot questions in the past 20 years have been defeated.

On the ballot

See also: 1997 ballot measures

August 9:

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Proposition 1 Taxes Increase in residence homestead exemption Approveda

November 4:

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Proposition 1 Judiciary Municipal Court Judges to hold more than one office Defeatedd
LRCA Proposition 2 Taxes Limit increases in residence homesteads for ad valorem tax Approveda
LRCA Proposition 3 Taxes Exemption on property for water conservation initiative Approveda
LRCA Proposition 4 Constitution Eliminate duplicate numbering in Constitution Approveda
LRCA Proposition 5 Judiciary Supreme Court to sit anywhere in Texas Approveda
LRCA Proposition 6 Admin of gov't Allow Texas Growth Fund to continue to invest without disclosure Defeatedd
LRCA Proposition 7 Bonds Texas Water Development to transfer bonds for water supply Approveda
LRCA Proposition 8 Regulation Expand types of liens for home equity loans Approveda
LRCA Proposition 9 Texas Authorize ad valorem tax rate in rural fire prevention districts Approveda
LRCA Proposition 10 Spending Compensation to victims of crime fund and crime auxiliary fund Approveda
LRCA Proposition 11 Spending Limiting amount of state debt payable from general revenue fund Approveda
LRCA Proposition 12 Judiciary Deadline for Supreme Court on motion for rehearing Approveda
LRCA Proposition 13 Spending Establish Texas tomorrow fund as protected trust fund Approveda
LRCA Proposition 14 Admin of gov't Legislature to prescribe qualifications of constables Approveda

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