Texas Proposition 10 (2007)
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Proposition 10 abolishes the constitutional authority for the office of inspector of hides and animals.
Proposition 10 appeared on the statewide November 2007 ballot in Texas along with fifteen other statewide propositions; all of them passed. All sixteen ballot measures were legislative referrals voted onto the ballot by the Texas State Legislature.
|Texas Proposition 10 (2007)|
Statement of Support
Proponents say Proposition 10 would remove an out of date office from the constitution few have held and no one has held since 1990 (citation missing).
Statement of Opposition
The amendment removes all statutory references, which the legislature failed to do during the 2007 regular election. Proposition 10 would create a mess, many opponents say, which may require the intervention of the courts to truly clean-up. This would result in further case backlog.
Also, some activists claim the office could be resurrected, as threats of mad cow disease continue and animal ID and tracking becomes increasingly a government responsibility.
Opponents have organized an all-volunteer, unfunded grassroots campaign called "Save Our Hides" to fight Proposition 10.
Text of measure
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.
- House Research Organization, Proposition 10 report (dead link)
- Save Our Hides: a Campaign against Proposition 10
- Election results (From the drop-down menu, choose "2007 Constitutional Amendment Election")
- Proposition 10 language
- http://www.geocities.com/saveourhides/index2.html Save Our Hides Web site
- http://www.statesman.com/news/content/news/stories/local/10/28/1028prop10.html Austin American-Statesman, Oct. 28, 2007 (retrieved Oct. 30, 2007)
- https://web.archive.org/web/2/http://www.votenoprop10.org Vote No On Proposition 10 Web site (retrieved Oct. 30, 2007)
- Texas Secretary of State, "Ballot Language For November 6, 2007 Constitutional Amendment"