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Texas Proposition 7, Size of Juries in Criminal Misdemeanor Trials (September 2003)

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Texas Proposition 7, also known as the Juries Act, was on the September 13, 2003 special election ballot in Texas as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved.

Proposition 7/HJR 44 reduced the number of persons who make up the jury in a district court criminal misdemeanor case from twelve to six.

Election results

Proposition 7
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 1,033,199 74.7%
No350,49125.3%

Text of measure

The short ballot summary voters saw on their ballot read: "The constitutional amendment to permit a six-person jury in a district court misdemeanor trial."[1]

Constitutional changes

The successful passage of Proposition 7 amended Section 13 of Article 5 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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