Texas 2013 ballot measures
Nine statewide ballot questions were certified for the November 5, 2013 statewide ballot in Texas. All nine measures were approved.
The only form of ballot measure allowed in Texas are legislatively-referred constitutional amendments, which may only be sent to the ballot while the legislature is in session. The Texas' state legislative session began January 8, 2013 and concluded on May 27, 2013. An expanded special legislative session was then called on on May 27 and concluded on June 25. A second special session was called on July 1 and concluded on July 30. The Texas legislature had a total of three special sessions, with the last one beginning on July 30 and ending on August 5.
- Since 1989, an average of 16 measures have appeared during odd-numbered years on the ballot in Texas. Therefore, 2013 was a below average year.
- Only twice have measures appeared on the ballot during even-numbered years in Texas since 1989. In both years, there was only one measure on the ballot.
- In 2003, there were 22 measures on the ballot. All 22 were approved.
- Since 1989, 167 of 191 or 87.4% of Texas ballot measures have been approved by voters.
- Conversely, 24 of 191 or 12.6% of statewide ballot measures have been defeated since 1989.
On the ballot
|Proposition 1||Taxes||Property tax exemption on residence for surviving spouse of armed services member killed in action|
|Proposition 2||Admin. of gov't||Elimination of an obsolete requirement for a State Medical Education Board and a State Medical Education Fund|
|Proposition 3||Taxes||Increase in number of days that aircraft parts may be located in the state and be exempt from taxation|
|Proposition 4||Taxes||Property tax exemption for partially disabled veterans on their residence under certain conditions|
|Proposition 5||Housing||Rules and regulations governing reverse mortgage loans|
|Proposition 6||Budgets||Transfer funds from Rainy Day Fund to water projects|
|Proposition 7||County governance||Rules governing how to fill vacancies on governing bodies of home-rule municipalities|
|Proposition 8||Healthcare||Eliminate the state constitutional provision that authorizes a hospital district in Hidalgo County|
|Proposition 9||State judiciary||Expansion of types of sanctions against state court judges after disciplinary proceedings|
Summary of campaign spending
Below is a table that summarizes the campaign contributions made to both the campaigns for and against Texas' ballot measures:
|Measure||Donations in favor||Donations against|
Not on ballot
|SJR 13||Term limits||Sets term limits for statewide offices|
|SJR 5||Healthcare||Allows residents to choose whether to obtain health care insurance or not|
|SJR 20||Taxes||Dedicates portion of motor vehicle sales tax revenue to state highway fund|
|SJR 22||Admin. of Gov't.||Provides that the governor, and the lieutenant governor when acting as governor, retain executive authority|
|SJR 23||Gov't. Finances||Prohibits use of government money for non-dedicated purposes|
|HJR 66||Local Gov't.||Allows for compensation for public school employees serving as members of local governing bodies|
|HJR 67||Legislature||Allows for legislative budget sessions in even-numbered years|