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Texas 2013 ballot measures

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Nine statewide ballot questions were certified for the November 5, 2013 statewide ballot in Texas. All nine measures were approved.

The only form of ballot measure allowed in Texas are legislatively-referred constitutional amendments, which may only be sent to the ballot while the legislature is in session. The Texas' state legislative session began January 8, 2013 and concluded on May 27, 2013. An expanded special legislative session was then called on on May 27 and concluded on June 25. A second special session was called on July 1 and concluded on July 30. The Texas legislature had a total of three special sessions, with the last one beginning on July 30 and ending on August 5.[1][2]

Historical notes

  • Since 1989, an average of 16 measures have appeared during odd-numbered years on the ballot in Texas. Therefore, 2013 was a below average year.
  • Only twice have measures appeared on the ballot during even-numbered years in Texas since 1989. In both years, there was only one measure on the ballot.
  • In 2003, there were 22 measures on the ballot. All 22 were approved.
  • Since 1989, 167 of 191 or 87.4% of Texas ballot measures have been approved by voters.
  • Conversely, 24 of 191 or 12.6% of statewide ballot measures have been defeated since 1989.

On the ballot

November 5:

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Proposition 1 Taxes Property tax exemption on residence for surviving spouse of armed services member killed in action Approveda
LRCA Proposition 2 Admin. of gov't Elimination of an obsolete requirement for a State Medical Education Board and a State Medical Education Fund Approveda
LRCA Proposition 3 Taxes Increase in number of days that aircraft parts may be located in the state and be exempt from taxation Approveda
LRCA Proposition 4 Taxes Property tax exemption for partially disabled veterans on their residence under certain conditions Approveda
LRCA Proposition 5 Housing Rules and regulations governing reverse mortgage loans Approveda
LRCA Proposition 6 Budgets Transfer funds from Rainy Day Fund to water projects Approveda
LRCA Proposition 7 County governance Rules governing how to fill vacancies on governing bodies of home-rule municipalities Approveda
LRCA Proposition 8 Healthcare Eliminate the state constitutional provision that authorizes a hospital district in Hidalgo County Approveda
LRCA Proposition 9 State judiciary Expansion of types of sanctions against state court judges after disciplinary proceedings Approveda

Summary of campaign spending

Below is a table that summarizes the campaign contributions made to both the campaigns for and against Texas' ballot measures:

Measure Donations in favor Donations against
Proposition 6 $1,149,721 $0

Not on ballot

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA SJR 13 Term limits Sets term limits for statewide offices Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
LRCA SJR 5 Healthcare Allows residents to choose whether to obtain health care insurance or not Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
LRCA SJR 20 Taxes Dedicates portion of motor vehicle sales tax revenue to state highway fund Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
LRCA SJR 22 Admin. of Gov't. Provides that the governor, and the lieutenant governor when acting as governor, retain executive authority Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
LRCA SJR 23 Gov't. Finances Prohibits use of government money for non-dedicated purposes Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
LRCA HJR 66 Local Gov't. Allows for compensation for public school employees serving as members of local governing bodies Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
LRCA HJR 67 Legislature Allows for legislative budget sessions in even-numbered years Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot

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