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Texas Proposition 1, Municipal Court Judges Allowed to Hold Multiple Offices (1997)

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Texas Proposition 1 was on the November 4, 1997 ballot in Texas as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was defeated. It was one of fifteen proposed constitutional amendments voted onto the ballot in 1997 by the Texas State Legislature.

Proposition 1 was described on the ballot as "The constitutional amendment to allow a person who holds the office of municipal court judge to hold at the same time more than one civil office for which the person receives compensation."

Election results

Proposition 1
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No731,04463.3%
Yes 423,793 36.69%

Text of measure

The short ballot summary voters saw on their ballot read: "The constitutional amendment to allow a person who holds the office of municipal court judge to hold at the same time more than one civil office for which the person receives compensation."[1]

Proposition 1, had it passed, would have amended Section 40 of Article 16 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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