Article IV, Section 15 of the Texas Constitution

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Adopted February 15, 1876:

Every order, resolution or vote to which the concurrence of both houses of the Legislature may be necessary, except on questions of adjournment, shall be presented to the governor, and, before it shall take effect, shall be approved by him; or, being disapproved, shall be repassed by both houses; and all the rules, provisions and limitations shall apply thereto as prescribed in the last preceding section in the case of a bill.

Editor Comments

The Texas Attorney General, in Tex. Att'y Gen. Op. CM-874 (1971), opined that: "The Governor does not have constitutional power to veto proposed constitutional amendments."

Steve Smith

Recent Decisions

None.

Historic Decisions

  • Texas & Pac. Ry. Co. v. State, 78 S.W.2d 580, 582 (Tex. 1935) ("We do not so interpret the legislative intent. It is plain from the caption, and the nature of the general subject with which the Joint Resolution deals, that the Legislature regarded the Joint Resolution as a composite whole, and that the term 'this resolution' as used in the proviso in question means such composite whole. . . . Manifestly the Joint Resolution is, in its nature, but a proposal by the state to grant the rights therein specified, on the condition precedent that the route through Texas, for a transcontinental railroad, be adopted by the United States by March 4, 1851.")
  • Conley v. Texas Div. of United Daughters of the Confederacy, 164 S.W. 24, 26 (Tex.Civ.App.—Austin 1913, ref'd) ("Addressing ourselves to the first contention raised by appellant, we are of the opinion that the Legislature by resolution had the right to designate and set apart said room for the use of the Daughters of the Confederacy. While there is a marked distinction between a law and a resolution, yet our Constitution clearly recognizes the right of the Legislature to express its will by resolutions, and in the passage thereof the same rules, provisions, and limitations shall apply thereto, except as to the caption and enacting clause.")

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