Texas Continuity of Operations, Proposition 7 (1962)

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Texas Proposition 7 was on the November 3, 1962 statewide ballot in Texas as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was accepted.

Election results

Proposition 7
Approveda Yes 686,438 65.2%

Text of measure

The short ballot summary Texas voters saw on their ballot was "For the Constitutional Amendment empowering the Legislature to insure continuity of state and local governmental operations in periods of emergency resulting from disasters caused by enemy attack by providing for the prompt and temporary succession to the powers and duties of public office, except members of the Legislature, the incumbents of which may become unavailable."[1]

Constitutional changes

Prop 7 added Section 62 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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