Texas Firefighters' Pension Commissioner Terms, Proposition 4 (2001)
The Texas Firefighters' Pension Commissioner Terms Amendment, also known as Proposition 4, was on the November 6, 2001 ballot in Texas as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved. The measure provided a four-year term of office for the firefighters' pension commissioner.
|Texas Proposition 4 (2001)|
Election results via: Legislative Reference Library of Texas
Text of measure
The ballot title voters saw on their ballot read as:
|“||The constitutional amendment providing for a four-year term of office for the fire-fighters' pension commissioner.||”|
The full text of the measure can be read here.
Proposition 4 amended Section 67 of Article 16 of the Texas Constitution.
The state government provided an explanation of Proposition 4 which read as follows:
|“||The office of the fire fighters’ pension commissioner was established
by the legislature in the Texas Local Fire Fighters Retirement Act (Article 6243e, Vernon’s Texas Civil Statutes). The commissioner is appointed by the governor, with the advice and consent of the senate, for a two-year term. The Texas Local Fire Fighters Retirement Act provides for the commissioner to help fire departments administer local pension plans. Under the Texas Statewide Emergency Services Retirement Act (Article 6243e.3, Vernon’s Texas Civil Statutes), the commissioner administers a statewide retirement plan for certain volunteer fire fighters and emergency medical services personnel.
Section 30, Article XVI, Texas Constitution, provides that, unless the constitution specifies otherwise, the term of a public office may not exceed two years. The Texas Constitution establishes a term of office longer than two years for more than 25 different public offices. The fire fighters’ pension commissioner is not among them. The proposed amendment would establish a four-year term of office for the commissioner. 
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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- Legislative Reference Library of Texas, "Constitutional amendment election dates," accessed January 14, 2015
- Texas Legislative Council, "Amendments to the Texas Constitution Since 1876," accessed January 14, 2015
- Texas Legislative Council, "Analyses of Proposed Constitutional Amendments: November 6, 2001, Election," September 2001
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
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