Which Texas Amendments Passed and Failed Tuesday

11-9-05 - Texas voters decided nine proposed state constitutional amendments Tuesday. Here is a look at the election outcome:

Proposition 1: Creates the Texas rail relocation and improvement fund and authorizes grants of money and issuance of obligations for financing the relocation, rehabilitation and expansion of rail facilities. APPROVED.

Proposition 2: Provides that marriage consists only of the union of one man and one woman, and prohibits the state or a political subdivision of the state from creating or recognizing any legal status identical or similar to marriage. APPROVED.

Proposition 3: Allows Texas cities to issue long-term grants and loans for economic development. APPROVED.

Proposition 4: Authorizes the denial of bail to a criminal defendant who violates a condition of the defendant's release pending trial. APPROVED.

Proposition 5: Allows the Legislature to define maximum interest rates for commercial loans. REJECTED.

Proposition 6: Allows for one additional public member and a constitutional county court judge in the membership of the State Commission on Judicial Conduct. APPROVED.

Proposition 7: Authorizes line-of-credit advances under a reverse mortgage so homeowners age 62 or older can borrow against the equity in their homes without taking a lump-sum loan or fixed monthly advance. APPROVED.

Proposition 8: Provides 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. APPROVED.

Proposition 9: Authorizes the Legislature to expand members' terms on regional mobility authority boards, or toll-road agencies, from two years to six years. REJECTED.

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Source: Texas Secretary of State's Office.


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