Proposition 15 passed in the voting booths Tuesday night.
The proposition will require the creation of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas. It also authorizes the issuance of up to $3 billion in bonds for cancer research in Texas, looking for the causes and cures for cancer.
Proposition 15 received 61 percent of the vote in early returns, with 39 percent against.
Gov. Rick Perry issued this statement after the proposition's passage:
"Everyone has a stake in the fight against cancer, and Texans have taken matters into their own hands by passing Proposition 15, funding 10 years of cancer research in our state. I believe that we will look back on this day as a turning point in the war against this deadly disease. I believe there are cures for cancer on the horizon. Thanks to the people of Texas, our state will lead the world in the search for its discovery."