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Texas Proposition 17, Financial Assistance to Fire Departments (1989)

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Texas Proposition 17 was on the November 7, 1989 statewide ballot in Texas as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved.
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Election results

Proposition 17
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 665,913 59%
No462,68641%

Text of measure

The short ballot summary Texas voters saw on their ballot was "The constitutional amendment authorizing the state to provide scholarships, grants, loans, and other financial assistance to local fire departments and other public fire-fighting organizations to purchase fire-fighting equipment, to aid in providing necessary equipment and facilities to comply with federal and state law, and to educate and train their members."[1]

Constitutional changes

Proposition 17 added Section 51-a-1 to Article III 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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