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Texans to vote on open beaches

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May 31, 2009

AUSTIN, Texas. On their statewide November 2009 ballot, Texans will vote on a proposed amendment to the Texas Constitution that would guarantee beach access for the state's residents.[1]

A Texas statute known as the Open Beaches Act guarantees beach access for the state's residents. It has been in effect for about 50 years. However, Richard Raymond, a Democratic member of the Texas House of Representatives (District 42), advocates elevating the level of protection of that right to the Texas Constitution and sponsored legislation to put a statewide ballot proposition before the state's voters.

Raymond said, "We have one of the best coastal access laws in the country. This takes it to another level. It’s more likely that these beaches will remain public forever."[1]

The Texas House of Representatives voted by 140-1 to put the measure on the November ballot, and the Texas State Senate followed suit with a 29-2 vote.[1]

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