Texas Agricultural Bonds, Proposition 16 (1993)

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Texas Proposition 16 was on the November 2, 1993 statewide ballot in Texas as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was defeated.

Election results

Proposition 16
Defeatedd No594,88955.51%
Yes 476,715 44.49%

Proposition 16 was described on the ballot as "The constitutional amendment authorizing up to a total of $100 million in bonds and notes to be issued or sold to finance the Texas agricultural fund for providing financial assistance to develop, increase, improve, or expand the production, processing, marketing, or export of crops grown or produced primarily in this state by agricultural businesses domiciled in the state."

If Proposition 16 had passed, it would have amended Section 49(i) of 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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