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Texas Proposition 18 (2001)

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Texas Amendment 18 was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment promoting uniformity in the collection, deposit, reporting, and remitting of civil and criminal fees. It was on the November 6, 2001 general election ballot in Texas where it was approved.

Election results

Amendment 18
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 647,439 81.06%
No151,21318.94%

Text of measure

The short ballot summary voters saw on their ballot read: "The constitutional amendment to promote uniformity in the collection, deposit, reporting, and remitting of civil and criminal fees."[1]

Ballot language

The language that appeared on the ballot:

The proposed amendment would add a new Section 46 to Article III, Texas Constitution, that would define "fee" to mean a fee in a criminal or civil matter all or a portion of which is required to be collected by local officers, clerks, or other local personnel and remitted to the comptroller of public accounts for deposit in the manner provided for in the law imposing the fee. It would provide that if the legislature enacts a program to consolidate and standardize the collection, deposit, reporting, and remitting of fees, as defined by the new section, any subsequent fee adopted by the legislature is valid only if it conforms to the program. The legislature is not required to adopt a comprehensive program in relation to fees, but, if it does, future legislatures are bound to adopt fees that conform to the comprehensive program.

Additionally, a fee, subject to the comprehensive program, may not take effect before January 1 after the regular session of the legislature adopting the fee unless the fee is passed on final consideration in each house of the legislature by a record vote of two-thirds of all the members of that house.

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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