Texas Proposition 5, (1969)
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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."
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 Legislative Council, "1969 Constitutional Amendments"
- Spreadsheet of proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution, 1879-present
- Texas Constitutional Amendments since 1876