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Texas Proposition 12, Limit on Damages in Medical Lawsuits (September 2003)

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Texas Proposition 12, also known as Limit Awards in Civil Lawsuits Against Doctors and Healthcare Providers, was on the September 13, 2003 special election ballot in Texas as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved.

HJR 3/Proposition 12 authorized the Legislature to limit non-economic damages assessed against a provider of medical or health care and, after January 1, 2005, to limit awards in all other types of cases.

Election results

Proposition 12
Approveda Yes 751,896 51.1%

Text of measure

The short ballot summary voters saw on their ballot read: "The constitutional amendment concerning civil lawsuits against doctors and health care providers, and other actions, authorizing the legislature to determine limitations on non-economic damages."[1]

Constitutional changes

The successful passage of Proposition 12 added §66 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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