Texas Proposition 4, Flood Control Revenues, Bonds, and Interest Rates (1981)

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Texas Proposition 4 was on the November 3, 1981 statewide ballot in Texas as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was defeated.

Election results

Proposition 4
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No458,72157.4%
Yes 339,816 42.6%

Text of measure

The short ballot summary Texas voters saw on their ballot was "The constitutional amendment authorizing the use of a portion of the excess revenues of the state for water development, water conservation, water quality enhancement, and flood control purposes; authorizing the use of the state's credit, not to exceed five hundred million dollars, to guarantee the bonds of cities, counties, towns, and other units of local government in the financing of such projects for such purposes; increasing the interest rate that may be paid on previously approved but unissued state bonds; and authorizing a program to retire the state bonds."[1]

Constitutional changes

If adopted, Prop 4 would have added Section 24 to Article 8 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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