Texas Proposition 2 (2001)

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Texas Amendment 2 was on the November 6, 2001 ballot in Texas as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved. It was one of nineteen proposed constitutional amendments voted onto the ballot by the Texas State Legislature. All of them were approved.

Election results

Amendment 2
Approveda Yes 507,357 61.4%

Text of measure

The short ballot summary voters saw on their ballot read: "The constitutional amendment authorizing the issuance of state general obligation bonds and notes to provide financial assistance to counties for roadway projects to serve border colonias."[1]

Constitutional changes

Proposition 2 added §49-l to Article 3 of the Texas Constitution.

Ballot language

The language that appeared on the ballot:

The proposed amendment would add Section 49-l to Article III of the Texas Constitution and permit the legislature to authorize the governor to authorize the Texas Public Finance Authority to issue state general obligation bonds or notes in an amount not to exceed $175 million to provide financial assistance to counties for projects to provide access roads to connect border colonias with public roads. The proposed amendment would authorize the bond proceeds to be used for the road projects, for acquiring materials to maintain the roads, for related projects such as road drainage projects, for costs of administering the projects, and for payments under a related credit agreement.

The proposed Section 49-l(b) would provide that the Texas Transportation Commission may, in consultation with the governor, determine what constitutes a border colonia for purposes of selecting eligible counties and projects.

The enabling legislation for Senate Joint Resolution No. 37, Senate Bill No. 1296, would provide that the Texas Transportation Commission in cooperation with the office of the governor, the secretary of state, and the Texas A&M University Center for Housing and Urban Development would administer a program to distribute the proceeds of the bonds.

Senate Bill No. 1296 would require the Texas Transportation Commission, in cooperation with the office of the governor, to (1) define by rule “border colonia”; (2) establish by rule criteria for selecting which areas and which colonia access roadway projects are eligible for assistance; (3) determine the counties and the colonia access roadway projects that are to receive financial assistance and the amount of assistance to be given to a county or project; (4) establish by rule minimum road standards a county's colonia access roadway proposal must meet to be awarded a grant; (5) establish by rule grant application procedures; and (6) establish by rule financial reporting requirements for counties that receive assistance.

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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