H.B. No. 1776 1-1 AN ACT 1-2 relating to a referendum on rules for the issuance of a license to 1-3 carry a handgun. 1-4 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS: 1-5 SECTION 1. Referendum on Licenses to Carry Handguns. At a 1-6 general election to be held on November 2, 1993, the voters shall 1-7 be permitted to vote in a referendum to express their opinion on 1-8 whether the Department of Public Safety should adopt rules for the 1-9 issuance of licenses to carry handguns. 1-10 SECTION 2. Ballot Proposition. The ballot shall be printed 1-11 to provide for voting for or against the proposition: "Authorizing 1-12 the Department of Public Safety to adopt rules for licensing and 1-13 training qualified citizens to carry handguns for self-protection." 1-14 SECTION 3. Form of Ballot. The proposition shall be printed 1-15 on the ballot beneath any proposed constitutional amendments under 1-16 the heading: "Referendum Proposition." Beneath the heading shall 1-17 be printed the following: "This referendum is an expression of 1-18 public opinion only and has no binding effect as law." 1-19 SECTION 4. Election Procedure. (a) Notice of the election 1-20 shall be given by inclusion of the proposition in the proclamation 1-21 by the governor ordering the election on the proposed amendments to 1-22 the state constitution, if any, and in the notice of that election 1-23 given by each county judge. If proposed amendments to the state 1-24 constitution are not to be voted on in conjunction with the 2-1 referendum, notice of the election shall be given and the election 2-2 shall be held in the manner applicable to a constitutional 2-3 amendment election. 2-4 (b) Returns of the votes cast on the proposition shall be 2-5 made and canvassed in the same manner as the returns on proposed 2-6 constitutional amendments. 2-7 (c) Immediately after the results of the election are 2-8 certified by the governor, the secretary of state shall transmit a 2-9 copy of the certification to the lieutenant governor and the 2-10 speaker of the house of representatives. 2-11 SECTION 5. EMERGENCY. The importance of this legislation 2-12 and the crowded condition of the calendars in both houses create an 2-13 emergency and an imperative public necessity that the 2-14 constitutional rule requiring bills to be read on three several 2-15 days in each house be suspended, and this rule is hereby suspended.