Texas Proposition 13, Reapportioning Judicial Districts (1985)

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Texas Proposition 13 was on the November 5, 1985 statewide ballot in Texas as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was accepted.

Election results

Proposition 13
Approveda Yes 496,189 57.9%

Text of measure

The short ballot summary Texas voters saw on their ballot was "The constitutional amendment providing for the reapportionment of the judicial districts of the state by the Judicial Districts Board or by the Legislative Redistricting Board, and providing for the administration and jurisdiction of constitutional courts."[1]

Constitutional changes

Prop 13 amended Sections 6, 7, 8, 16, 17, 19, added Sections 7(a), 31 and repealed Sections 14, 16a, 22, 25 to Article 5 of the Texas Constitution.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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