Texas Water Development Bonds, Proposition 19 (2001)

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The Texas Water Development Bonds Amendment, also known as Proposition 19, was on the November 6, 2001 ballot in Texas as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved. The measure authorized the issuance of up to $2 billion in general obligation bonds by the Texas Water Development Board.[1][2]

Election results

Texas Proposition 19 (2001)
Approveda Yes 506,077 63.78%

Election results via: Legislative Reference Library of Texas

Text of measure

Ballot title

The ballot title voters saw on their ballot read as:[3]

The constitutional amendment providing for the issuance of additional general obligation bonds by the Texas Water Development Board in an amount not to exceed $2 billion.


Full text

The full text of the measure can be read here.

Constitutional changes

Proposition 19 added Section 49d-9 of Article 3 of the Texas Constitution.

Ballot summary

The state government provided an explanation of Proposition 19 which read as follows:[3]

Water has played a crucial historical role in the economic development

of Texas. The state’s ability to meet increasing demands for water while continuing to protect water quality, preserve the environment, and provide recreational opportunities will determine the state’s economic well-being. The Texas Water Development Board funds new water management strategies and projects through the Texas Water Development Fund II. This fund authorizes the board to issue bonds for a number of different types of water projects, including water supply projects, water quality enhancement projects, flood control projects, state participation in water and wastewater facilities, and economically distressed areas projects. However, the board has exercised most of its bonding authority under current law. This constitutional amendment would authorize the board to issue additional general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $2 billion for the Texas Water Development Fund II. The Texas Water Development Fund II is governed by Subchapter L, Chapter 17, Water Code. The water infrastructure fund was created under Subchapter O, Chapter 15, Water Code, which was added by Senate Bill No. 2, Acts of the 77th Legislature, Regular Session, 2001. [4]

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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