Texas Proposition 8, Refurbishment of State Legislative Chambers (1968)

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Texas Proposition 8 was on the November 5, 1968 statewide ballot in Texas as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was defeated.

Election results

Proposition 8
Defeatedd No949,56550.4%
Yes 933,950 49.6%

Text of measure

The short ballot summary Texas voters saw on their ballot was "For the constitutional amendment removing certain provisions relating to the purchase of fuel and furbishing of rooms and halls of the Legislature and the requirement that the Governor, Secretary of State, and the Comptroller mush approve certain contracts of purchase."[1]

Constitutional changes

If adopted, Prop 8 would have amended Section 21 of Article 16 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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