Texas Proposition 3, (1965)
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Text of measure
The short ballot summary Texas voters saw on their ballot was " For the Constitutional Amendment providing for assistance to and/or medical care for the: (1) needy aged; (2) needy individuals who are permanently and totally disabled; (3) needy blind; and (4) needy children and the caretakers of such children; authorizing the Legislature to cooperate with the Government of the United States in providing assistance to and/or medical care on behalf of such needy persons, and in providing rehabilitation and any other services included in the Federal legislation providing matching funds to help such families and individuals attain or retain capability for independence or self-care, and to accept and expend funds from the Government of the United States for such purposes, and to make appropriations out of State funds for the purpose of providing assistance to and/or medical care and rehabilitation and other services included in the Federal legislation providing matching funds on behalf of such needy persons; providing that the amounts expended out of State funds to and/or on behalf of individuals shall not exceed the amounts that are matchable out of federal funds; providing that the total amount of such assistance payments and/or medical assistance payments out of State funds on behalf of such recipients shall not exceed the amount that is matchable out of Federal funds; provided that if the limitations and restrictions herein contained are found to be in conflict with the provisions of appropriate Federal statutes as they now are or as they may be amended, to the extent that Federal matching money is not available to the State for these purposes, then and in that event the Legislature is specifically authorized and empowered to prescribe such limitations and restrictions and enact such laws as may be necessary in order that such Federal matching money will be available for assistance and/or medical care for or on behalf of needy persons; and providing further that the total amount of money to be expended per fiscal year out of State funds for assistance payments to recipients of Old Age Assistance, aid to the Permanently and Totally Disabled, Aid to the blind, and Aid to Families with Dependent Children shall never exceed Sixty Million Dollars ($60,000,000). Providing that nothing in the Amendment shall be construed to amend, modify or repeal Section 31 or Article XVI of the 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.
- Texas Legislative Council, "1965 Constitutional Amendments"
- Spreadsheet of proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution, 1879-present
- Texas Constitutional Amendments since 1876