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Texas Constitutional Amendment Election
November 5, 2013
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In its 2013 session, the Texas state legislature agreed to seek voter approval for nine changes to the Texas constitution on issues ranging from special tax exemptions to funding for major water projects, as well as other issues. Seven of these changes are new amendments that will be added to the constitution. Two measures repeal amendments approved in the past.

In order for a proposition to be placed on the ballot, it must receive a 2/3 majority vote in both houses of the state legislature. In order to be adopted, it must be ratified by a majority vote at the next statewide election.

This website includes a description and background information on each of the propositions that have been proposed by the legislature, plus the text that will appear on the ballot, the revisions that will be made to the Constitution if the proposition passes, the names of the sponsors of the legislation, and the votes cast on the floor of the state House and Senate.

Also included here are arguments in favor and opposed to each of these changes. Many of these arguments were made during the debates in the state House and Senate, but arguments and, in some cases, concerns expressed by citizen groups and others are also included.

This Voter Guide was prepared by Prof. Mark J. Kaswan, Assistant Professor in the Department of Government at UT Brownsville, with assistance from his Introduction to American and Texas Politics class. The students researched the propositions and drafted the text, which was then edited by Center for Civic Engagement Scholar Joe Molina and Prof. Kaswan into its final form. The web design was done by Marie Romano.

Most of the material presented here came from the following sources:

Texas Legislative Council, Analyses of Proposed Constitutional Amendments, November 5, 2013 Election

Ballotpedia.org, Texas 2013 Ballot Measures

League of Women Voters of Texas, 2013 Constitutional Amendment Voters Guide

Texas House of Representatives, House Research Organization, Focus Report: Constitutional Amendments Proposed

Other sources used are provided where appropriate.
 
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