Texas Rights of Crime Victims, Proposition 13 (1989)

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The Texas Rights of Crime Victims Amendment, also known as Proposition 13, was on the November 7, 1989 ballot in Texas as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved. The measure provided a bill of rights for crime victims and authorized the legislature to enforce such rights and enact laws that limited the liability of judges, attorneys, peace officers and law enforcement agencies for failure to provide these rights.[1][2]

Election results

Texas Proposition 13 (1989)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 819,399 72.10%
No317,11127.90%

Election results via: Legislative Reference Library of Texas

Text of measure

The text of the measure can be read here.

Constitutional changes

Proposition 13 added Section 30 to Article I 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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