Texas Proposition 4 (1991)

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3 (1-43)3 (44-49)3 (50-67)
Texas Proposition 4 was on the November 5, 1991 statewide ballot in Texas as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved.

Election results

Proposition 4
Approveda Yes 1,341,169 67.5%

Text of measure

The short ballot summary Texas voters saw on their ballot was "The constitutional amendment authorizing the issuance of up to $1.1 billion in general obligation bonds for acquiring, constructing, or equipping new prisons or other punishment facilities to confine criminals, mental health and mental retardation institutions, and youth corrections institutions, for major repair or renovation of existing facilities of those institutions, and for the acquisition of, major repair to, or renovation of other facilities for use as state prisons or other punishment facilities."[1]

Constitutional changes

It added §49-h(d) to Article 3 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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