Texas Proposition 3, Bail Limitations (1977)

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Texas Proposition 3 was on the November 8, 1977 statewide ballot in Texas as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was accepted.

Election results

Proposition 3
Approveda Yes 472,948 83.6%

Text of measure

The short ballot summary Texas voters saw on their ballot was "The constitutional amendment permitting denial of bail to a person charged with a felony offense who has been theretofore twice convicted of a felony offense, or charged with a felony offense committed while that person was admitted to bail on a prior felony indictment, or charged with a crime involving the use of a deadly weapon where there is evidence such person has been convicted of a prior felony offense; providing for a 60-day limit to that person's incarceration without trial; and providing for that person's right of appeal."[1]

Constitutional changes

Prop 3 amended Section 11a of Article 1 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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