Texas Record of Legislative Votes, Proposition 11 (2007)
The Texas Record of Legislative Votes Amendment, also known as Proposition 11, was on the November 6, 2007 ballot in Texas as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved. The measure required that a record vote be taken by either house of the legislature on the final passage of any bill or resolution proposing or ratifying a constitutional amendment, or any other non-ceremonial resolution and to provide public access on the internet to record the votes. This meant that each member's vote would be recorded and posted on the internet for two years.
|Texas Proposition 11 (2007)|
Election results via: Legislative Reference Library of Texas
Text of measure
The text of the measure can be read here.
Supporters of Proposition 11 said that the measure would allow for true government transparency.
- Hold legislators accountable for their votes
- Texas is 1 of 10 states that does not require record votes on final passage of legislation
- Members should be required to affirmatively vote one way or another rather than hiding behind the "voice vote" provision
The Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas said, "Accountability is the core value of our representative democracy, and recorded votes will allow us to check up on our representatives. We'll be able to make sure that what they do in Austin is what they promised us back home," said Wanda Garner Cash, past president of the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas.
Opponents of the proposition believed it would be an unnecessary hassle for the legislature.
- Votes are already recorded in a journal that is available to the public.
- Believe it would create a time-consuming logistical burden for future legislatures
Media editorial positions
- The Austin Chronicle said, "This is a pointless exercise in the pretense of democracy, recording the least meaningful legislative votes so the state dailies can claim victory in a children's crusade and the officeholders can claim virtue, like public-praying pharisees."
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.
- Texas 2007 ballot measures
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- List of Texas ballot measures
- History of direct democracy in Texas
- Legislative Reference Library of Texas, "Constitutional amendment election dates," accessed January 19, 2015
- Texas Legislative Council, "Amendments to the Texas Constitution Since 1876," accessed January 19, 2015
- Texas Legislature Online, "H.J.R. 19," accessed January 19, 2015
- Houston Chronicle, "Lawmaker accountability, borrowing proposals lead state propositions," October 31, 2007 (dead link)
- Austin Chronicle, "Austin Chronicle Endorsements," November 2, 2007
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