Texas Proposition 19, Bonds for Water (2001)

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Texas Amendment 19 was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment providing for the issuance of additional general obligation bonds by the Texas Water Development Board in an amount not to exceed $2 billion. It was on the November 6, 2001 general election ballot in Texas where it was approved.

Election results

Amendment 19
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 506,077 63.78%
No287,33936.21%

Text of measure

The short ballot summary voters saw on their ballot read: "The constitutional amendment providing for the issuance of additional general obligation bonds by the Texas Water Development Board in an amount not to exceed $2 billion."[1]

Ballot language

The language that appeared on the ballot:

The proposed amendment would add Section 49-d-9 to Article III of the Texas Constitution to allow the Texas Water Development Board to issue additional general obligation bonds for one or more accounts of the Texas Water Development Fund II in an amount not to exceed $2 billion. Of the bonds issued under Section 49-d-9, $50 million would be used for the water infrastructure fund. Section 49-d-8, Article III, Texas Constitution, would apply to the bonds authorized by Section 49-d-9, except that the limitation in Section 49-d-8 on the amount of bonds that may be issued for one or more accounts of the Texas Water Development Fund II would not apply to the bonds authorized by Section 49-d-9. A limitation on the percentage of state participation in any single project imposed by Article III of the Texas Constitution would not apply to a project funded with the proceeds of bonds issued under Section 49-d-9.

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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