Bill Text: TX HJR39 | 2021-2022 | 87th Legislature | Introduced


Bill Title: Proposing a constitutional amendment regarding the dedication by general law of revenue of or money received by this state and money held in or deposited to an account or fund inside or outside the state treasury and the authorized expenditure or appropriation of revenue or money dedicated by general law.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2021-03-01 - Referred to Appropriations [HJR39 Detail]

Download: Texas-2021-HJR39-Introduced.html
  87R605 SRA-D
 
  By: Raymond H.J.R. No. 39
 
 
 
A JOINT RESOLUTION
  proposing a constitutional amendment regarding the dedication by
  general law of revenue of or money received by this state and money
  held in or deposited to an account or fund inside or outside the
  state treasury and the authorized expenditure or appropriation of
  revenue or money dedicated by general law.
         BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Article VIII, Texas Constitution, is amended by
  adding Section 25 to read as follows:
         Sec. 25.  (a)  The legislature by general law may dedicate
  to one or more particular purposes the appropriation or expenditure
  of:
               (1)  revenue of, or money received by, this state from
  one or more particular sources; or
               (2)  money held in or deposited to an identified
  account or fund inside or outside the state treasury.
         (b)  Subsection (a) of this section does not authorize a
  dedication by general law of revenue or money otherwise dedicated
  by this constitution in a manner that is inconsistent with that
  constitutional dedication.
         (c)  Revenue or money the appropriation or expenditure of
  which is dedicated by general law to a purpose or purposes as
  described by Subsection (a) of this section may not be appropriated
  or expended for any purpose other than the dedicated purpose or
  purposes, except as authorized by a subsequently adopted general
  law that:
               (1)  expressly amends or repeals the general law under
  which the revenue or money was dedicated; and
               (2)  is adopted by a record vote of two-thirds of the
  membership of both houses of the legislature.
         SECTION 2.  The following temporary provision is added to
  the Texas Constitution:
         TEMPORARY PROVISION.  (a) This temporary provision applies
  to the constitutional amendment proposed by the 87th Legislature,
  Regular Session, 2021, regarding the dedication by general law of
  revenue of or money received by this state and money held in or
  deposited to an account or fund inside or outside the state treasury
  and the authorized expenditure or appropriation of revenue or money
  dedicated by general law.
         (b)  Section 25, Article VIII, of this constitution takes
  effect September 1, 2023, and applies only to appropriations
  authorized for or expenditures during a state fiscal year beginning
  on or after that date.
         (c)  This temporary provision expires January 1, 2024.
         SECTION 3.  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 regarding the
  dedication by general law of revenue of or money received by this
  state and money held in or deposited to an account or fund inside or
  outside the state treasury and the authorized expenditure or
  appropriation of revenue or money dedicated by general law."
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