TEXAS CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT PROPOSALS ELECTION DATE SET for NOVEMBER 7TH, 2017
Bill Number: HJR 21 Bill Author: Bell
Ballot Language: “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 for less than the market value of the residence homestead and harmonizing certain related provisions of the Texas Constitution.”
What It Does: Expands authority to provide property tax exemptions for certain homes donated to partially-disabled veterans, or their surviving spouses, from a charitable organization.
House Vote: 143-0 (3 Present, Not Voting) Senate Vote: 31-0
Bill Number: SJR 60 Bill Author: Hancock
Ballot Language: “The constitutional amendment to establish a lower amount for expenses that can be charged to a borrower and removing certain financing expense limitations for a home equity loan, establishing certain authorized lenders to make a home equity loan, changing certain options for the refinancing of home equity loans, changing the threshold for an advance of a home equity line of credit, and allowing home equity loans on agricultural homesteads.”
What It Does: Seeks to make obtaining a home equity loan easier in Texas by lowering the cap on fees and greater loan refinancing options. Also allows ranchers and farmers to obtain home equity loans while still maintaining the agricultural valuation of their properties.
House Votes: 143-0 (2 Present, Not Voting) Senate Votes: 30-0 (1 Absent)
Bill Number: SJR 34 Bill Author: Birdwell
Ballot Language: “The constitutional amendment limiting the service of certain officeholders appointed by the governor and confirmed by the senate after the expiration of the person’s term of office.”
What It Does: Clarifies that if an appointee’s term expires when the legislature is not convened in regular session, the appointee will continue to serve until the last day of the next regular session of the legislature. If the appointee is not reappointed or if someone new is not appointed before the last day of the next legislative session, the position becomes vacant.
House Votes: 142-4 (Craddick, Isaac, Murr, and Raney voted Nay) (2 Present, Not Voting) Senate Vote: 31-0
Bill Number: SJR 6 Bill Author: Zaffirini
Ballot Language: “The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to require a court to provide notice to the attorney general of a challenge to the constitutionality of a state statute and authorizing the legislature to prescribe a waiting period before the court may enter a judgment holding the statute unconstitutional.”
What It Does: Mandates that in cases in which state law has been challenged as unconstitutional, the Texas Attorney General must be given notice of no greater than 45 days in order to prepare a defense.
House Votes: 136-9 (Anchia, Cain, Collier, Cook, Israel, Rinaldi, Stickland, Tinderholt, and Wu voted Nay)
Senate Vote: 30-1 (Hall voted Nay)
Bill Number: HJR 100 Bill Author: Kuempel
Ballot Language: “The constitutional amendment on professional sports team charitable foundations conducting charitable raffles.”
What It Does: Expands definition of qualified “professional sports team charitable foundations” to include minor league charitable foundations for the purpose of conducting charitable raffles at home games under certain circumstances.
House Votes: 110-12 (Biedermann, Cain, Isaac, Lang, Leach, Rinaldi, Schaefer, Shaheen, Stickland, Swanson, Tinderholt, and Zedler voted Nay) (2 Present, Not Voting)
Senate Votes: 24-6 (Birdwell, Burton, Hall, Hancock, Huffines, Van Taylor voted Nay) (1 Absent)
Bill Number: SJR 1 Bill Author: Campbell
Ballot Language: “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 first responder who is killed or fatally injured in the line of duty.”
What It Does: Grants property tax exemptions to surviving spouses of first responders killed in the line of duty.
House Votes: 147-0 (2 Present, Not Voting) Senate Votes: 30-0 (1 Absent)
Bill Number: HJR 37
Bill Author: Johnson, Eric
Ballot Language: “The constitutional amendment relating to legislative authority to permit credit unions and other financial institutions to award prizes by lot to promote savings.”
What It Does: Attempts to encourage saving money by allowing banks and credit unions to offer prizes for depositing funds into a savings account.
House Votes: 141-0 (1 Present, Not Voting) Senate Votes: 30-1 (Burton voted Nay)
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