Texas Proposition 2, (1963)

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Texas Proposition 2 was on the November 3, 1963 statewide ballot in Texas as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was accepted.

Election results

Proposition 2
Approveda Yes 330,922 63.2%

Text of measure

The short ballot summary Texas voters saw on their ballot was "For the Constitutional Amendment providing for assistance payments to the (1) needy aged, (2) needy individuals who are permanently and totally disabled, (3) needy blind and (4) needy children; authorizing the Legislature to make appropriations out of state funds for the payment of assistance grants on behalf of such recipients; providing for the acceptance of funds from the Government of the United States for the purpose of paying such assistance grants; providing that the amounts expended out of state funds on behalf of individual recipients shall not exceed the amounts that are matchable out of federal funds; and providing further, that the total amounts expended per year out of state funds for such assistance payments shall never exceed Sixty Million Dollars ($60,000,000).


Constitutional changes

Prop 2 amended Section 51-a of Article 3 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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