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Texas Proposition 19, Rural Fire Protection Districts (September 2003)

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This article is about a 2003 ballot measure in Texas. For other measures with a similar title, see Proposition 19.

Texas Proposition 19, also known as the Emergency Services Districts Act, was on the September 13, 2003 special election ballot in Texas as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved.

SJR 45/Proposition 19 repealed the legislature's authority to create rural fire prevention districts.

Election results

Proposition 19
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 759,336 58.8%
No533,26441.2%

Text of measure

The short ballot summary voters saw on their ballot read: "The constitutional amendment to repeal the authority of the legislature to provide for the creation of rural fire prevention districts."[1]

Constitutional changes

The successful passage of Proposition 19 repealed §48-d of Article 3 of the Texas Constitution.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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