Texas Proposition 20, Abolish the Office of County Surveyor in Seven Counties (1989)

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Texas Proposition 20 was on the November 7, 1989 statewide ballot in Texas as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved.

Election results

Proposition 19
Approveda Yes 736,963 60.4%
Texas Constitution
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3 (1-43)3 (44-49)3 (50-67)

Text of measure

The short ballot summary Texas voters saw on their ballot was "The constitutional amendment to abolish the office of county surveyor in Cass, Ector, Garza, Smith, Bexar, Harris and Webb counties."[1]

Constitutional changes

Proposition 20 added Section 44 to Article XVI 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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