Texas Rainy Day Fund Amendment (2011)

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A Texas Rainy Day Fund Amendment did not appear on the 2011 ballot in the state of Texas as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment.

The measure was pre-filed by State Representative John Otto with the State House prior to the legislative session in January 2011. The measure required that the state comptroller transfer sales and use tax revenues to the state rainy day fund, but only when the revenues exceeded the average rate of growth for the previous 20 years. The measure was filed in order to "assist the State to live within its means and lessen the need for future tax increases," according to Otto.[1] Representative John Otto proposed the measure via HJR 5.

The 82nd session of the Texas State Legislature adjourned on May 30, 2011. However, Gov. Rick Perry called a special session of the Texas State Legislature that commenced May 31, 2011 in early June and adjourned June 29, 2011. Eight amendments were proposed during the special session, but none passed. Including this proposal.[2]

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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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