Texas Proposition 12 (2001)

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Texas Amendment 12 was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment eliminating obsolete, archaic, redundant, and unnecessary provisions and clarifying, updating, and harmonizing certain provisions of the Texas Constitution. It was on the November 6, 2001 general election ballot in Texas where it was approved.

Election results

Amendment 12
Approveda Yes 619,945 76.58%

Text of measure

The short ballot summary voters saw on their ballot read: "The constitutional amendment to eliminate obsolete, archaic, redundant, and unnecessary provisions and to clarify, update, and harmonize certain provisions of the Texas Constitution."[1]

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

The proposed amendment would amend 30 sections of the current constitution and repeal or transfer several other sections. The changes are intended to improve the organization, consistency, and clarity of the constitution. Most of the changes would have no substantive effect, such as those removing obsolete, redundant, or executed provisions, updating terminology, or moving provisions to more appropriate locations in the constitution. Some substantive changes would be made to resolve inconsistencies, eliminate legal uncertainty, or avoid outdated, impractical, or other unwanted consequences.

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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