Texas Proposition 8, Legislature Per Diem (1984)

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Texas Proposition 8 was on the November 6, 1984 statewide ballot in Texas as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was defeated.

Election results

Proposition 8
Defeatedd No2,504,73367.0%
Yes 1,233,314 33.0%

Text of measure

The short ballot summary Texas voters saw on their ballot was "The constitutional amendment to provide a per diem for members of the legislature equal to the maximum daily amount allowed by federal law as a deduction for ordinary and necessary business expenses incurred by a state legislature."[1]

Constitutional changes

If adopted, Prop 8 would have amended Section 24 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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