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Sun Oct 6, 2019, 02:24 PM

Can we fix the Texas constitution?

The TX constitution is a design failure. We shouldn't be having constitutional amendments for bond issues and every other minor issue.

Can we fix it so these simply become voter propositions but not amendments?

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Reply Can we fix the Texas constitution? (Original post)
HelpImSurrounded Oct 2019 OP
flying_wahini Oct 2019 #1
TexasProgresive Oct 2019 #2
HelpImSurrounded Oct 2019 #3
TexasProgresive Oct 2019 #4
HelpImSurrounded Oct 2019 #5
TexasProgresive Oct 2019 #6

Response to HelpImSurrounded (Original post)

Sun Oct 6, 2019, 02:36 PM

1. Maybe, if the Democrats ever get back in.



The Republicans couldn’t get it right if their lives depended on it

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Response to HelpImSurrounded (Original post)

Sun Oct 6, 2019, 02:52 PM

2. There is no real will to write and pass an new constitution in Texas

The last attempt iirc was in 1974. Everyone knows its a mess but no one really has a clue how to fix it.

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Response to TexasProgresive (Reply #2)

Sun Oct 6, 2019, 03:50 PM

3. Ok step 1

An amendment creating a voter proposition mechanism to replace amendments, i.e. we'll put a hold on new amendments

2. Implement a mechanism to sunset or archive time-dependent amendments. I.e. these are done, let's pull them out.

These will allow us to slowly simplify the constitution without a massive rewrite.

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Response to HelpImSurrounded (Reply #3)

Sun Oct 6, 2019, 04:28 PM

4. I think the problem is the nature of the beast.

It needs to be drowned in the deepest cave in Jacob's Well. My mother said (sure it's true she's my Mom) that in Texas we use amendments were other states have laws or something like that. This constitution was written as a response to the reconstruction constitution after the end of the Civil War.

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Response to TexasProgresive (Reply #4)

Mon Oct 7, 2019, 09:01 AM

5. I have some experience in this

I tried cleaning up the bylaws of a neighborhood organization. Nobody wanted to participate, then screamed bloody murder at the result and prevented any vote.

Now magnify that by... Texas and you can see that I am an eternal optimist. Now if you'll excuse me I'm gonna go photograph wild unicorns.

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Response to HelpImSurrounded (Reply #5)

Mon Oct 7, 2019, 09:22 AM

6. Be sure to enter the pics in the DU photo competition - a sure winner.

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