If there is an issue that you think should become a law, you don’t have to wait until your state legislature agrees with you. You can let the voters decide by filing a ballot initiative. Your direct action can qualify your measure to be on the ballot in the next statewide election.
Last updated on: December 20, 2020
Texas does not, at this point, allow voters to enact or propose issues for the ballot via the initiative process statewide.
However, the state of Texas has authorized initiatives for amendments and ordinances at a local level within certain charter cities, but not general law cities. Still, only 9 of the 10 most populated charter cities in Texas permit the initiative process for local ordinances.
Before filing a local initiative, check with your City Charter for detailed information about the Initiative process within your city.