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Relating to ballot language requirements for a proposition seeking
voter approval for the issuance of bonds.
No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
SB 30 would require ballot language for propositions submitted to voters to be in plain language, and must include the single specific purpose for which bonds are to be authorized if approved. Under this bill, each single specific purpose which bonds requiring voter approval are to be issued must be printed on the ballot as a separate proposition. SB 30 would also require that bonds for the the construction, improvement, or renovation of certain types of facilities must each be submitted to voters as a separate proposition.
Texas Action supports SB 30 on the basis of limited government and personal responsibility. This bill would increase transparency by ensuring that ballot language is easily understandable and that voters have the information necessary to understand the fiscal implications of their vote.