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Texas Bail Act, Proposition 4 (2005)

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Texas Proposition 4, also known as the Bail Act, was on the November 8, 2005 election ballot in Texas as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved.

SJR 17 authorized a district judge to deny reinstatement of bail or new bail to a person accused of a felony, if the person's bail had been revoked or forfeited as a result of the person's violation of a condition of release related to the safety of a victim of the alleged offense or to the safety of the community.

Election results

Proposition 4
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 1,813,290 84.91%
No322,16815.08%

Proposition 4 was described as "The constitutional amendment authorizing the denial of bail to a criminal defendant who violates a condition of the defendant's release pending trial."

Text of measure

The short ballot summary voters saw on their ballot read: "The constitutional amendment authorizing the denial of bail to a criminal defendant who violates a condition of the defendant's release pending trial."[1]

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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