Bill Text: TX HJR151 | 2021-2022 | 87th Legislature | Introduced


Bill Title: Proposing a constitutional amendment requiring the legislature to convene into special session on petition of at least two-thirds of the members of each house of the legislature following certain disaster or emergency declarations.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2021-03-29 - Referred to State Affairs [HJR151 Detail]

Download: Texas-2021-HJR151-Introduced.html
 
 
  By: Sanford H.J.R. No. 151
 
 
 
A JOINT RESOLUTION
  proposing a constitutional amendment requiring the legislature to
  convene into special session on petition of at least two-thirds of
  the members of each house of the legislature following certain
  disaster or emergency declarations.
         BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 8, Article IV, Texas Constitution, is
  amended by adding Subsection (c) to read as follows:
         (c)  If a state of emergency extends over 60 days in a
  geographic area containing over sixty percent of the total state
  population, the legislature shall convene in special session on
  receipt of a petition requesting the special session that is signed
  by at least two-thirds of the members of each house of the
  legislature. The petition must state the date the Legislature must
  convene the special session and the specific purpose or purposes
  for which the session is convened. The proclamation must provide
  for convening the legislature on the date stated in the petition and
  must authorize the legislature to consider the specific purpose or
  purposes stated in the petition. 
         SECTION 2.  This proposed constitutional amendment shall be
  submitted to the voters at an election to be held November 2, 2021.  
  The ballot shall be printed to provide for voting for or against the
  proposition: "The constitutional amendment requiring the
  legislature to convene into special session on petition of at least
  two-thirds of the members of each house of the legislature
  following certain disaster or emergency declarations."
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