What Happened To Those Five Resolutions Voted On In The GOP Primary Election?

Remember those five resolutions you voted on if you voted in the Republican Primary Election? Ever wonder who constructed these resolutions, how many people voted for them, and what will become of them?

The State Republican Executive Committee (made up of one woman and one man elected from each Texas state senatorial district) constructs resolutions to put on the Republican Primary Election ballot. These proposed resolutions have two purposes:

  1. To get a sense of where voters are regarding certain issues.
  2. Inform our elected legislators on the issues Texas voters care about. (These particular resolutions offer lawmakers an indication of what voters want them to work on in the upcoming 2011 Legislative Session.)

There has been confusion over Texas ballot resolutions - many people think that if the majority of the people vote for a particular resolution, it will then be signed into law, but this is not the case. However, if a good percentage of voters vote for a particular resolution, the issue will have a better chance of being taken up by a legislator and constructed into a bill, and therefore, potentially becoming law.

Below is a list of the five resolutions voted on in the GOP Primary Election, and the percentage of voters that voted for each resolution.

Ballot Proposition #1: Photo ID
The Texas legislature should make it a priority to protect the integrity of our election process by enacting legislation that requires voters to provide valid photo identification in order to cast a ballot in any and all elections conducted in the State of Texas. 92% in favor

Ballot Proposition #2: Controlling Government Growth
Every government body in Texas should be required to limit any annual increase in its budget and spending to the combined increase of population and inflation unless it first gets voter approval to exceed the allowed annual growth or in the case of an official emergency. 91% in favor

Ballot Proposition #3: Cutting Federal Income Taxes
In addition to aggressively eliminating irresponsible federal spending, Congress should empower American citizens to stimulate the economy by Congress cutting federal income taxes for all federal taxpayers, rather than spending hundreds of billions of dollars on so-called “federal economic stimulus”. 93% in favor

Ballot Proposition #4: Public Acknowledgment of God
The use of the word “God”, prayers, and the Ten Commandments should be allowed at public gatherings and public educational institutions, as well as be permitted on government buildings and property. 95% in favor

Ballot Proposition #5: Sonograms
The Texas Legislature should enact legislation requiring a sonogram to be performed and shown to each mother about to undergo a medically unnecessary, elective abortion. 69% in favor


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