Texas Proposition 5, Texas Turnpike Authority Bonds (1987)

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Texas Proposition 5 was on the November 3, 1987 statewide ballot in Texas as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was defeated.

Election results

Proposition 5
Defeatedd No1,111,90353.9%
Yes 951,130 46.1%

Text of measure

The short ballot summary Texas voters saw on their ballot was "The constitutional amendment authorizing agreements between the State Department of Highways and Public Transportation and the Texas Turnpike Authority and the governing bodies of counties with a population of more that 40,000, adjoining counties, and cities and districts located in those counties to aid turnpikes, toll roads and toll bridges by guaranteeing bonds issued by the Texas Turnpike Authority."[1]

Constitutional changes

If adopted, Prop 5 would have added Section 52-b 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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