Texas Proposition 20, Bonds for Defense-Related Communities (September 2003)
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Texas Proposition 20, also known as Economic Development Projects that Benefit Defense-Related Communities, was on the September 13, 2003 special election ballot in Texas as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved.
Text of measure
The short ballot summary voters saw on their ballot read: "The constitutional amendment authorizing the issuance of general obligation bonds or notes not to exceed $250 million payable from the general revenues of the state to provide loans to defense-related communities, that will be repaid by the defense-related community, for economic development projects, including projects that enhance the military value of military installations."
The successful passage of Proposition 20 added §49-n to 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.
- Proposition 20 Election Results
- Analysis of Proposition 20
- Constitutional amendments on the September 13, 2003 Texas ballot