Texas Proposition, (1965)

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Texas Proposition was on the November 2, 1965 statewide ballot in Texas as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was defeated.

Election results

Defeatedd No136,46161.4%
Yes 85,951 38.6%

Text of measure

The short ballot summary Texas voters saw on their ballot was "For the Constitutional Amendment increasing the membership of the State Senate from 31 to 39 members, retaining the present membership of the House of Representatives, requiring apportionment of the Senate according to population, and deleting the limitation that no single county is entitled to more than one Senator."[1]

Constitutional changes

Prop 1 amended Sections 2 and 25 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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