Essay on The Constitutionality Of The Texas Constitution

777 Words Sep 18th, 2015 4 Pages
The current Texas Constitution was adopted in 1876. When the people of Texas go to place their votes, they must consider nine proposed constitutional amendments. The Texas Constitution amendments are made up of joint resolutions as opposed to bills. The joint resolutions come from either the House of Representatives or the Senate. Texas Constitutional amendments may be proposed in special sessions or regular sessions of the Texas Legislature. These amendments must have a 2/3rds vote of the whole membership in each house to move forward. The governor is the not the approving authority; the joint resolutions will be filed with the secretary of state. In order to change the proposed amendment, the Texas voters must have approved it through a general election. Most of the proposals will be submitted by November for general election; which is held in odd-numbered years. There will be a random drawing held by the secretary of state to assign each proposition a ballot number, if there is more the one proposition to consider. Article 17, sec 1 of the Texas Constitution requires that there be a explanation of all the proposed amendments and a ballot wording for all. They will be published in the newspaper. There will be two notices; one 50 to 60 days before the election, and one the following week on the same day the election was held. The county clerk will receive a copy of all amendments to publish in the courthouse. The attorney general must approve each statement…

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