Texas Inspector of Hides and Animals, Proposition 10 (2007)

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The Texas Inspector of Hides and Animals Amendment, also known as Proposition 10, was on the November 6, 2007 ballot in Texas as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved. The measure abolished the constitutional authority for the office of inspector of hides and animals.[1][2]

Election results

Texas Proposition 10 (2007)
Approveda Yes 806,652 76.56%

Election results via: Legislative Reference Library of Texas

Text of measure

The text of the measure can be read here.


Proponents said Proposition 10 would remove an out of date office from the constitution few have held and no one had held since 1990.


The amendment removes all statutory references, which the legislature failed to do during the 2007 regular election. Proposition 10 would create a mess, many opponents said, which may require the intervention of the courts to truly clean-up. This would result in further case backlog.

Also, some activists claimed the office could be resurrected, as threats of mad cow disease continue and animal ID and tracking becomes increasingly a government responsibility.

Opponents organized an all-volunteer, unfunded grassroots campaign called "Save Our Hides" to fight Proposition 10[3].

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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