Texas Proposition 5, (1969)

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Texas Proposition 2 was on the August 5, 1969 statewide ballot in Texas as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was accepted.

Election results

Proposition 5
Approveda Yes 428,207 64.7%

Text of measure

The short ballot summary Texas voters saw on their ballot was "The Constitutional Amendment providing for assistance to and/or medical care on behalf of the needy ages, the needy blind, the needy disabled, and the needy dependent children and their caretakers; establishing Eighty Million Dollars ($80,000,000) as the maximum amount that may be paid per year from state funds for assistance only; allocating and appropriating additional sums supplementing current legislative appropriations for assistance grants; and authorizing the Legislature to enact such laws as may be necessary in order that federal matching money will be available for assistance and/or medical care."[1]

Constitutional changes

Prop 5 amended Section 51-a of 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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