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Texas Constitutional Amendments on Your Nov. 5th Ballot!

October 21, 2019

Here are the proposed amendments to our State Constitution up for your vote:

PROPOSITION 1

“The constitutional amendment permitting a person to hold more than one office as a municipal judge at the same time.”

Allows a person to hold more than one office as an elected or appointed municipal judge in more than one municipality at the same time.

PROPOSITION 2

“The constitutional amendment providing for the issuance of additional general obligation bonds by the Texas Water Development Board in an amount not to exceed $200 million to provide financial assistance for the development of certain projects in economically distressed areas.”

Authorizes the Texas Water Development Board to issue additional general obligation bonds to provide financial assistance for the development of water supply and sewer service projects in economically distressed areas of the state.

PROPOSITION 3 | Coauthor (HJR 34)

“The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for a temporary exemption from ad valorem taxation of a portion of the appraised value of certain property damaged by a disaster.”

Allows for a temporary exemption from property taxation if the property is in a declared disaster area and is damaged by at least 15% or more.

PROPOSITION 4 | Joint Author (HJR 38)

“The constitutional amendment prohibiting the imposition of an individual income tax, including a tax on an individual’s share of partnership and unincorporated association income.”

Texas currently does not levy an income tax on individuals. Proposition 4 would BAN the state from ever collecting a state income tax.

PROPOSITION 5 | Cosponsor (SJR 24)

“The constitutional amendment dedicating the revenue received from the existing state sales and use taxes that are imposed on sporting goods to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Texas Historical Commission to protect Texas’s natural areas, water quality, and history by acquiring, managing, and improving state and local parks and historic sites while not increasing the rate of the state sales and use taxes.”

Automatically appropriates all state sales tax revenue from sporting goods to the Parks and Wildlife Department and the Texas Historical Commission.

PROPOSITION 6 | Coauthor (HJR 12)

“The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to increase by $3 billion the maximum bond amount authorized for the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.”

Increases from $3 billion to $6 billion the maximum amount of general obligation bonds the legislature may authorize the Texas Public Finance Authority to provide for, issue, and sell on behalf of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.

PROPOSITION 7 

“The constitutional amendment allowing increased distributions to the available school fund.”

Increases from $300 million to $600 million the amount that the General Land Office could distribute to the Available School Fund derived from the land or properties it manages.

PROPOSITION 8 | Joint Author (HJR 4)

“The constitutional amendment providing for the creation of the flood infrastructure fund to assist in the financing of drainage, flood mitigation, and flood control projects.”

Creates the Flood Infrastructure Fund and authorizes the Texas Water Development Board to provide financing for drainage, flood mitigation, and flood control projects. Does not raises taxes.

PROPOSITION 9 

“The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to exempt from ad valorem taxation precious metal held in a precious metal depository located in this state.”

Exempts precious metal held in a precious metal depository in the state, such as the Texas Bullion Depository, from ad valorem taxation by a political subdivision.

PROPOSITION 10

“The constitutional amendment to allow the transfer of a law enforcement animal to a qualified caretaker in certain circumstances.”

Allows law enforcement animals, such as dogs or horses, to retire and live with their handler or another qualified caretaker if the transfer is in the animal’s best interest.


Find out what time and where to vote here: https://elections.mctx.org/