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Oct 24.13

Texas Constitutional Amendments - Election Day Information

Early voting for the 9 proposed Texas Constitutional Amendments has begun. Early voting continues through November 1st. Election Day is Tuesday, November 5th. This statewide ballot consists of nine proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution. You may also see a number of local initiatives on the ballot. For your convenience, there is a summary of the 9 proposed amendments below.

 

Voting information for Galveston County residents may be found here.

 

Remember to Bring Photo ID!

 This will be the first statewide election with photo ID requirement in effect for in-person voting.

The seven forms of approved ID are:

 •Texas driver license

•Texas Election Identification Certificate

•Texas personal identification card

•Texas concealed handgun license

•United States passport

•United States military identification card containing the person's photograph

•United States citizenship certificate containing the person's photograph

 

Proposed Constitutional Amendments

Amendment No. 1 –Property tax exemptions to armed services surviving spouses

This amendment authorizes the Texas Legislature to grant the surviving spouse of a member of the armed services of the United States who is killed in action a property tax exemption for all or part of the market value of the surviving spouse's residence homestead if the surviving spouse has not remarried since the service member's death.

 

Amendment No. 2 - Removing an Obsolete State Board

Repeals a now-obsolete constitutional provision added in 1952 that required the legislature to create a State Medical Education Board, establish a fund, and make appropriations to that fund. The board was not created until 1973, and was largely ineffective. Therefore, the board has not received state appropriations or issued new loans for more than 20 years, and the legislature has since enacted more effective methods of attracting physicians to serve in rural Texas.

 

Amendment No. 3 - Tax Exemptions for Aircraft Parts

Authorizes a political subdivision (such as a municipality, county, or school district) to extend the number of days by which aircraft parts are exempt from property taxation as "freeport goods" must be transported outside the state in order to retain tax-exempt status.

 

Amendment No. 4 - Property Tax Exemptions for Homes Donated to Partially Disabled Veterans

Authorize the legislature to provide a new exemption from property taxation of a percentage of the market value of a partially disabled veteran's home if it was donated to the disabled veteran by a charitable organization.

 

Amendment No. 5 - Allowing Seniors to use Reverse Mortgages to Purchase a Smaller Home

Authorizes the use 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.

 

Amendment No. 6 - Water for Texas!

Creates the State Water Implementation Fund and the State Water Implementation Revenue Fund to assist in the financing of priority projects in the state water plan to ensure the availability of adequate water resources. The revolving fund would help local entities finance water projects. The loans would be repaid with interest, thus allowing more projects to be financed.

 

Amendment No. 7 - Appointment Procedures to fill Council Vacancies

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 24 months or less.

 

Amendment No. 8 - Local Control for Hidalgo County

Repeals a provision in the Texas Constitution relating to the creation of a hospital district in Hidalgo County.

 

Amendment No. 9 - Sanctions on Judicial Conduct

Expands 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.

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