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Texas State Land Ownership Act, Proposition 8 (2005)

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This article is about a 2005 ballot measure in Texas. For other measures with a similar title, see Proposition 8.
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Texas Proposition 8, also known as the State Land Ownership Act, was on the November 8, 2005 election ballot in Texas as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved.

SJR 40 cleared individual land titles by relinquishing and releasing all claims of state ownership interests, including mineral interests, in two local areas, namely, a roughly 4,600 acre area located roughly 14 miles southeast of Gilmer, Texas, and a separate 900 acre area located north of Tyler, Texas.

Election results

Proposition 8
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 1,153,241 61.25%
No72939238.74%

Text of measure

The short ballot summary voters saw on their ballot read: "The constitutional amendment providing for the clearing of land titles by relinquishing and releasing any state claim to sovereign ownership or title to interest in certain land in Upshur County and in Smith County."[1]

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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