Texas Proposition 13 (1995)

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Texas Proposition 13 was on the November 7, 1995 ballot in Texas as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was defeated.

Election results

Proposition 13
Defeatedd No432,37861.80%
Yes 267,258 38.19%

Proposition 13 was described as "the constitutional amendment authorizing the governing body of a political subdivision to exempt from ad valorem taxation boats and other equipment used primarily in the commercial taking or production of fish, shrimp, shellfish, and other marine life."

Constitutional changes

Proposition 13 added Section 19b to Article 8 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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