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Constitutional Amendments Election
Article By: by Texas State Rep. Larry Phillips
Posted: 8/16/2013 Views: 1531  Impressions: 3915
Categories: Politics



The Texas Constitution is one of the longest in the nation and is still growing. Texas voters have the opportunity to accept or reject amendments to the Texas Constitution that are proposed and passed by the Texas Legislature. Unlike a regular bill, proposed amendments must receive a two-thirds vote from the members of both the Texas House and the Texas Senate. The governor cannot approve or veto a constitutional amendment; that right is left to the voters of the state. This process helps ensure that the basic core principles of the state, which are laid out in its Constitution remain in the hands of those who choose to be governed by those principles. As of today, 653 proposed amendments have gone before Texas voters. Of these, 474 have been approved by the electorate and 179 have been defeated. Thus, the Texas Constitution has been amended 474 times since its adoption in 1876.
This year, voters will be asked to consider 9 constitutional amendments that were passed by the legislature during the regular legislative session. The election will be held on November 5. The following is the order in which the amendments will appear on the ballot and in which I will discuss them in the following weeks:

PROPOSITION 1 "The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for an exemption from ad valorem taxation of all or part of the market value of the residence homestead of the surviving spouse of a member of the armed services of the United States who is killed in action."
PROPOSITION 2 "The constitutional amendment eliminating an obsolete requirement for a State Medical Education Board and a State Medical Education Fund, neither of which is operational."
PROPOSITION 3 "The constitutional amendment to authorize a political subdivision of this state to extend the number of days that aircraft parts that are exempt from ad valorem taxation due to their location in this state for a temporary period may be located in this state for purposes of qualifying for the tax exemption."
PROPOSITION 4 "The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for an exemption from ad valorem taxation of part of the market value of the residence homestead of a partially disabled veteran or the surviving spouse of a partially disabled veteran if the residence homestead was donated to the disabled veteran by a charitable organization."
PROPOSITION 5 "The constitutional amendment to authorize the making of a reverse mortgage loan for the purchase of homestead property and to amend lender disclosures and other requirements in connection with a reverse mortgage loan."
PROPOSITION 6 "The constitutional amendment providing for the creation of the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas and the State Water Implementation Revenue Fund for Texas to assist in the financing of priority projects in the state water plan to ensure the availability of adequate water resources."
PROPOSITION 7 " The constitutional amendment authorizing a home rule municipality to provide in its charter the procedure to fill a vacancy on its governing body for which the unexpired term is 12 months or less."
PROPOSITION 8 "The constitutional amendment repealing Section 7, Article IX, Texas Constitution, which relates to the creation of a hospital district in Hidalgo County."
PROPOSITION 9 "The constitutional amendment relating to expanding the types of sanctions that may be assessed against a judge or justice following a formal proceeding instituted by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct."
You can view a complete list of the proposed constitutional amendments with analyses online at www.tlc.state.tx.us. For more information regarding these propositions, you can contact my office by writing to P.O. Box 2910, Austin, TX 78768-2910 or by emailing me at larry.phillips@house.state.tx.us. My district office phone number is (903) 891-7297.




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