Texas 1997 ballot measures
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.Fifteen proposed constitutional amendments were on the
- All of the fifteen statewide ballot measures were voted onto the ballot by the Texas State Legislature as legislatively-referred constitutional amendments to the Texas Constitution.
- 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.
- 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
|Proposition 1||Taxes||Increase in residence homestead exemption|
|Proposition 1||Judiciary||Municipal Court Judges to hold more than one office|
|Proposition 2||Taxes||Limit increases in residence homesteads for ad valorem tax|
|Proposition 3||Taxes||Exemption on property for water conservation initiative|
|Proposition 4||Constitution||Eliminate duplicate numbering in Constitution|
|Proposition 5||Judiciary||Supreme Court to sit anywhere in Texas|
|Proposition 6||Admin of gov't||Allow Texas Growth Fund to continue to invest without disclosure|
|Proposition 7||Bonds||Texas Water Development to transfer bonds for water supply|
|Proposition 8||Regulation||Expand types of liens for home equity loans|
|Proposition 9||Texas||Authorize ad valorem tax rate in rural fire prevention districts|
|Proposition 10||Spending||Compensation to victims of crime fund and crime auxiliary fund|
|Proposition 11||Spending||Limiting amount of state debt payable from general revenue fund|
|Proposition 12||Judiciary||Deadline for Supreme Court on motion for rehearing|
|Proposition 13||Spending||Establish Texas tomorrow fund as protected trust fund|
|Proposition 14||Admin of gov't||Legislature to prescribe qualifications of constables|
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