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  By: Perry S.J.R. No. 11
 
 
 
A JOINT RESOLUTION
  proposing a constitutional amendment regarding the maximum amount
  of appropriations for a state fiscal biennium.
         BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 22, Article VIII, Texas Constitution, is
  amended to read as follows:
         Sec. 22.  (a)  The amount [In no biennium shall the rate of
  growth] of appropriations from the state treasury for a fiscal
  biennium may not [tax revenues not dedicated by this constitution]
  exceed the maximum amount determined in accordance with Subsection
  (c) of this section and general law [estimated rate of growth of the
  state's economy].
         (b)  The maximum rate of growth of appropriations from the
  state treasury for a fiscal biennium, as compared to the preceding
  fiscal biennium, is the lesser of:
               (1)  a rate equal to the sum of:
                     (A)  the estimated rate of growth of this state's
  population; and
                     (B)  the estimated rate of monetary inflation in
  this state; or
               (2)  the estimated rate of growth of personal income of
  this state's residents.
         (c)  The amount of permissible appropriations may not exceed
  an amount determined by multiplying the amount of appropriations
  for the then-current fiscal biennium by the sum of one plus the
  maximum rate of growth determined under Subsection (b) of this
  section.
         (d)  The legislature shall provide by general law procedures
  to implement this section [subsection].
         (e) [(b)]  If the legislature, by adoption on a record vote
  of a resolution approved by two-thirds [a record vote of a majority]
  of the members of each house, finds that an emergency exists and
  identifies the nature of the emergency, the legislature may provide
  for appropriations in excess of the maximum permissible amount of
  appropriations authorized under [by] Subsection (c) [(a)] of this
  section. The total of the excess appropriations authorized by
  resolutions approved under this subsection may not exceed the total
  of the amounts [amount] specified in those resolutions [the
  resolution].
         (f) [(c)]  In no case shall appropriations exceed revenues
  as provided in Article III, Section 49a, of this constitution.
  Nothing in this section shall be construed to alter, amend, or
  repeal Article III, Section 49a, of this constitution.
         SECTION 2.  Section 49a, Article III, Texas Constitution, is
  amended by adding Subsections (c) and (d) to read as follows:
         (c)  A bill containing an appropriation may not be considered
  as passed and may not be sent to the Governor for consideration
  until the Comptroller of Public Accounts endorses on the bill the
  Comptroller's certificate showing that the amount appropriated
  does not exceed the maximum amount of permissible appropriations
  for that fiscal biennium authorized under Section 22, Article VIII,
  of this constitution.
         (d)  When the Comptroller of Public Accounts finds that a
  bill containing an appropriation exceeds the maximum amount of
  permissible appropriations for that fiscal biennium authorized
  under Section 22, Article VIII, of this constitution, the
  Comptroller shall:
               (1)  endorse on the bill that finding;
               (2)  return the bill to the House in which it
  originated; and
               (3)  notify immediately the House of Representatives
  and the Senate of the finding.
         SECTION 3.  The following temporary provision is added to
  the Texas Constitution:
         TEMPORARY PROVISION.  (a) This temporary provision applies
  to the amendments to Section 49a, Article III, of this constitution
  and Section 22, Article VIII, of this constitution, as proposed by
  the 84th Legislature, Regular Session, 2015, regarding the maximum
  amount of appropriations for a state fiscal biennium.
         (b)  Sections 49a(c) and (d), Article III, of this
  constitution apply only in relation to bills containing
  appropriations for the state fiscal biennium beginning September 1,
  2017, and subsequent state fiscal bienniums. 
         (c)  Section 22, Article VIII, of this constitution, as
  amended, applies only in relation to appropriations made for the
  state fiscal biennium beginning September 1, 2017, and subsequent
  state fiscal bienniums. Appropriations for the state fiscal
  biennium that began September 1, 2015, are governed by Section 22,
  Article VIII, of this constitution as that section provided
  immediately before the amendment of that section was approved by
  the voters.
         (d)  This temporary provision expires December 1, 2017.
         SECTION 4.  (a) This proposed constitutional amendment
  shall be submitted to the voters at an election to be held November
  3, 2015.
         (b)  The ballot shall be printed to permit voting for or
  against the proposition: "The constitutional amendment regarding
  the maximum amount of appropriations for a state fiscal biennium."