Texas Proposition 14, Borrowing Authorization for Transportation Projects (September 2003)
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Texas Proposition 14, also known as the Highway Improvement Projects Act, was on the September 13, 2003 special election ballot in Texas as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved. HJR 28/Proposition 14 authorized the Texas Department of Transportation to issue notes or borrow money to fund highway improvement projects. The terms of the notes or loans were not to exceed two years.
Text of measure
The short ballot summary voters saw on their ballot read: "The constitutional amendment providing for authorization of the issuing of notes or the borrowing of money on a short-term basis by a state transportation agency for transportation-related projects, and the issuance of bonds and other public securities secured by the state highway fund."
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.
- Proposition 14 Election Results
- Analysis of Proposition 14
- Constitutional amendments on the September 13, 2003 Texas ballot