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Texas Proposition 8, Fire Fighting Funds (1978)

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Texas Constitution
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Preamble
Articles
12
3 (1-43)3 (44-49)3 (50-67)
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Texas Proposition 7 was on the November 7, 1978 statewide ballot in Texas as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was accepted.

Election results

Proposition 8
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 1,154,322 68.2%
No538,22831.8%

Text of measure

The short ballot summary Texas voters saw on their ballot was "The constitutional amendment authorizing certain districts to engage in fire-fighting activities and to issue bonds or other indebtedness or to issue bonds or otherwise lend their credit for firefighting purposes.."[1]

Constitutional changes

Prop 8 added Section 52 (d) to Article 3 and added Section 59 (f) to Article 16 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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