The Texas State Ethics Commission Amendment, also known as Proposition 1, was on the May 18, 1971 ballot in Texas as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was defeated. The measure would have created a State Ethics Commission to set rules of ethics for members of the legislature and state officers, to investigate violations of these rules and to recommend compensation for legislators and the lieutenant governor.
| Texas Proposition 1 (May 1971)|
|Yes|| 273,191|| 35.29%|
Election results via: Legislative Reference Library of Texas
Text of measure
The text of the measure can be read here.
If adopted, Prop 1 would have amended Section 24 of Article 3.
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.