SB 1225

86(R) - 2019
Senate Property Tax
Senate Property Tax

Vote Recommendation

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Paul Bettencourt

Bill Caption

Relating to requirements for certain petitions requesting an election and ballot propositions.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.

Bill Analysis

SB 1225 would enable the secretary of state to review voter propositions by municipalities, requiring the city to cure defects if the proposition is misleading or inaccurate. If, after the third time, the city can not draft a proper proposition, the secretary will draft one for them. The bill also prohibits invalidating a signature on a petition if there is enough information provided to show that the signer is eligible to sign the petition and signed within the proper time frame. The secretary of state shall provide form, content, and procedure for a petition. 

Vote Recommendation Notes

Texas Action supports SB 1225 because it enables uniform and fair election language across the state, and prevents municipalities from misleading the public on ballot propositions. Furthermore, eliminating unnecessary petition requirements enables voters to have a more effective voice and keep their elected officials accountable.