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Texas Firefighters' Pension Commissioner Terms, Proposition 4 (2001)

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The Texas Firefighters' Pension Commissioner Terms Amendment, also known as Proposition 4, was on the November 6, 2001 ballot in Texas as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved. The measure provided a four-year term of office for the firefighters' pension commissioner.[1][2]

Election results

Texas Proposition 4 (2001)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 583,552 72.05%
No226,35027.95%

Election results via: Legislative Reference Library of Texas

Text of measure

Ballot title

The ballot title voters saw on their ballot read as:[3]

The constitutional amendment providing for a four-year term of office for the fire-fighters' pension commissioner.

[4]

Full text

The full text of the measure can be read here.

Constitutional changes

Proposition 4 amended Section 67 of Article 16 of the Texas Constitution.

Ballot summary

The state government provided an explanation of Proposition 4 which read as follows:[3]

The office of the fire fighters’ pension commissioner was established

by the legislature in the Texas Local Fire Fighters Retirement Act (Article 6243e, Vernon’s Texas Civil Statutes). The commissioner is appointed by the governor, with the advice and consent of the senate, for a two-year term. The Texas Local Fire Fighters Retirement Act provides for the commissioner to help fire departments administer local pension plans. Under the Texas Statewide Emergency Services Retirement Act (Article 6243e.3, Vernon’s Texas Civil Statutes), the commissioner administers a statewide retirement plan for certain volunteer fire fighters and emergency medical services personnel.

Section 30, Article XVI, Texas Constitution, provides that, unless the constitution specifies otherwise, the term of a public office may not exceed two years. The Texas Constitution establishes a term of office longer than two years for more than 25 different public offices. The fire fighters’ pension commissioner is not among them. The proposed amendment would establish a four-year term of office for the commissioner. [4]

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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