Texas Proposition 22, Officeholders Called to Military Service (September 2003)
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Texas Proposition 22, also known as Temporary Appointments to Replace Public Officers Called into Active Military Duty, was on the September 13, 2003 special election ballot in Texas as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved.
Text of measure
The short ballot summary voters saw on their ballot read: "The constitutional amendment authorizing the appointment of a temporary replacement officer to fill a vacancy created when a public officer enters active duty in the United States armed forces."
The successful passage of Proposition 22 added §72 to Article 16 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.
- Proposition 22 Election Results
- Analysis of Proposition 22
- Constitutional amendments on the September 13, 2003 Texas ballot