Texas Proposition 8, Debt Questions Allowed on Statewide Ballots (1991)

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This article is about a 1991 ballot measure in Texas. For other measures with a similar title, see Proposition 8.

Texas Proposition 8 was on the November 5, 1991 statewide ballot in Texas as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved.

  • Yes: 1,354,267 Approveda
  • No: 523,800

Proposition 8 was described on the ballot as "The constitutional amendment authorizing the voters of this state to consider state debt questions in the form of ballot propositions that must clearly describe the amounts, purposes, and sources of payment of the debt only after the approval of the propositions by a two-thirds vote of each house of the legislature."

Proposition 8 amended §49 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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