Texas Proposition 4, Authorizing Non-Profit Bingo (1980)
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Text of measure
The short ballot summary Texas voters saw on their ballot was "The constitutional amendment to authorize bingo games on a local option election basis if the games are conducted by a church, synagogue, religious society, volunteer fire department, nonprofit veterans organization, fraternal organization, or nonprofit organization supporting medical research or treatment programs and if the proceeds are to be spent in Texas for charitable purposes of the organizations."
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 House Research Organization, "1980 Constitutional Amendments"
- Spreadsheet of proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution, 1879-present
- Texas Constitutional Amendments since 1876