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Texas Proposition 10, Surplus Fire Fighting Equipment Act (September 2003)

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Texas Proposition 10, also known as the Surplus Fire Fighting Equipment Act, was on the September 13, 2003 special election ballot in Texas as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved.

HJR 61/Proposition 10 authorized municipalities to donate surplus fire fighting equipment, supplies, or materials to the Texas Forest Service, which in turn is authorized to distribute that equipment based on need the equipment to rural volunteer fire departments.

Election results

Proposition 10
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 1,284,004 91.7%
No116,6777.3%

Text of measure

The short ballot summary voters saw on their ballot read: "The constitutional amendment authorizing municipalities to donate surplus fire-fighting equipment or supplies for the benefit of rural volunteer fire departments."[1]

Constitutional changes

The successful passage of Proposition 10 added §52i to Article 3 of the Texas Constitution.

Path to the ballot

See also: Laws governing direct democracy in Texas

As laid out in Article 17 of the Texas Constitution, in order for a proposed constitutional amendment to be placed on the ballot, the Texas State Legislature must propose the amendment in a joint resolution of both the Texas State Senate and the Texas House of Representatives. The joint resolution can originate in either the House or the Senate. The resolution must be adopted by a vote of at least two-thirds of the membership of each house of the legislature. That amounts to a minimum of 100 votes in the House of Representatives and 21 votes in the Senate.

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