Texas Proposition 12, Limit on Damages in Medical Lawsuits (September 2003)
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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.
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."
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.
- Proposition 12 Election Results
- Analysis of Proposition 12
- Constitutional amendments on the September 13, 2003 Texas ballot
- Campaign contributions: In favor, opposed.