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Texas Pretrial Rulings, Proposition 2 (1980)

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The Texas Pretrial Rulings Amendment, also known as Proposition 2, was on the November 4, 1980 ballot in Texas as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was defeated. The measure would have authorized either the state or the accused to appeal certain pretrial rulings of a trial court in criminal cases.[1][2]

Election results

Texas Proposition 2 (1980)
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No1,687,90052.23%
Yes 1,544,020 47.77%

Election results via: Legislative Reference Library of Texas

Text of measure

The text of the measure can be read here.

Constitutional changes

If adopted, Prop 2 would have added Section 26 to Article 5 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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