Texas Proposition 10 (2007)

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Texas Proposition 10 appeared on the November 6, 2007 in Texas as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved.

Proposition 10 abolishes the constitutional authority for the office of inspector of hides and animals.[1]

Proposition 10 appeared on the statewide November 2007 ballot in Texas along with fifteen other statewide propositions; all of them passed. All sixteen ballot measures were legislative referrals voted onto the ballot by the Texas State Legislature.

Election results

Texas Proposition 10 (2007)
Approveda Yes 806,652 76.6%

Statement of Support

Proponents say Proposition 10 would remove an out of date office from the constitution few have held and no one has held since 1990 (citation missing).

Statement of Opposition

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 say, which may require the intervention of the courts to truly clean-up. This would result in further case backlog.

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

Opponents have organized an all-volunteer, unfunded grassroots campaign called "Save Our Hides" to fight Proposition 10[2].

A rally against Proposition 10 took place at the Texas Capitol Oct. 26, 2007, organized by students from Austin Community College.[3] (dead link)[4]

Text of measure

The short ballot summary voters saw on their ballot read: "The constitutional amendment to abolish the constitutional authority for the office of inspector of hides and animals."[5]

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.

See also

Texas Initiatives 2007

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