Texas Supreme Court ruling could offer new boost to citizen-led petition efforts

The Texas Supreme Court ruling on Houston’s violation of petitioners’ rights who challenged the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance is seen as a potential boost to other citizen-led petition efforts in the state that have experienced similar government resistance.

Whether initiatives which enable citizens to draft laws and charter amendments for placement on an upcoming election ballot, referendums which provide for a vote to potentially repeal an existing law, or recalls by which citizens can vote to remove an elected official, avenues exist for the public to challenge local governmental actions through the petition process.

Barry Klein, president of the Houston Property Rights Association, is a longtime proponent of citizen-led, petition-based political actions. “Reform-minded individuals are trying to put some controls on city hall’s behavior,” he said of these mechanisms.

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