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TX Secretary of State Williams draws order of Constitutional amendments

Austin, TX –

Texas Secretary of State Roger Williams today conducted the ballot drawing to determine the order of the proposed constitutional amendments as they will appear on the November 8, 2005 election ballot.

"This fall, Texans have the opportunity to vote on each constitutional amendment that was approved by the 79th legislature," Williams said. "I hope that Texans take this opportunity very seriously."

"The fate of each of these nine proposed amendments rest with the people of this state, as they hold the power to accept or reject changes to Texas' Constitution."

Williams also stressed the importance of Texans registering to vote and turning out to the polls. During the last constitutional amendment election in September of 2003, only 12 percent of registered voters turned out to cast their ballot.

"Last year we all witnessed the stirring sight of millions of Iraqis holding their ink stained fingers in the air as they cast their vote," Williams added. "These Iraqis were risking their lives to vote and they still had a higher turnout than we typically have in America and in Texas. We live in the country where modern democracy was born. We can and must do better."

The constitutional amendments will appear on the ballot in the following order:

Proposition 1 - HJR 54
"The constitutional amendment creating the Texas rail relocation and improvement fund and authorizing grants of money and issuance of obligations for financing the relocation, rehabilitation and expansion of rail facilities."

Proposition 2 - HJR 6
"The constitutional amendment providing that marriage in this state consists only of the union of one man and one woman and prohibiting this state or a political subdivision of this state from creating or recognizing any legal status identical or similar to marriage."

Proposition 3 - HJR 80
"The constitutional amendment clarifying that certain economic development programs do not constitute a debt."

Proposition 4 - SJR 17
"The constitutional amendment authorizing the denial of bail to a criminal defendant who violates a condition of the defendant's release pending trial."

Proposition 5 - SJR 21
"The constitutional amendment allowing the legislature to define rates of interest for commercial loans."

Proposition 6 - HJR 87
"The constitutional amendment to include one additional public member and a constitutional county court judge in the membership of the State Commission on Judicial Conduct."

Proposition 7 - SJR 7
"The constitutional amendment authorizing line-of-credit advances under a reverse mortgage."

Proposition 8 - SJR 40
"The constitutional amendment providing 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."

Proposition 9 - HJR 79
"The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for a six-year term for a board member of a regional mobility authority."