Rep. Matt Schaefer Explains His Position on Constitutional Amendments
Press Release from the office of District 6 State Rep. Matt Schaefer (R-Tyler)
Early voting has begun! Please let your voice be heard on these important issues affecting Smith County and Texas.
ON THE BALLOT
Seven constitutional amendment propositions are on the ballot for the voters of Texas to consider on this November 7th. Below you can find the summary of the propositions you will see. For an in-depth analysis of each proposed amendment, click here.
PROPOSITION 1 – Provides certain disabled veterans or their surviving spouses with property tax exemptions. Proposition 1 would allow a disabled veteran, or their surviving spouse, to receive a property tax exemption if their house was donated or sold to them at less than market value by a charity.
PROPOSITION 2 – Authorizes a number of changes to current standards surrounding home equity. Proposition 2 would establish a lower amount for expenses that can be charged to a borrower and remove certain financing expense limitations for a home equity loan, establish certain authorized lenders to make a home equity loan, change certain options for the refinancing of home equity loans, change the threshold for an advance of a home equity line of credit, and allow home equity loans on agricultural homesteads.
PROPOSITION 3 – Limits the service of certain appointed officeholders after the expiration of the person’s term of office. Proposition 3 would limit political appointees to only serve beyond their term in office until the ending of the legislative session that follows the expiration date of their term.
PROPOSITION 4 – Requires a court to provide notice to the Attorney General of a challenge to a state statute. Proposition 4 authorizes the legislature to require a court to provide notice to the Attorney General of a challenge to the constitutionality of a state statute and allows the legislature to prescribe a waiting period before the court may enter a judgment holding the statute unconstitutional.
PROPOSITION 5 – Permits professional sports team charitable foundations to conduct charitable raffles. Proposition 5 would permit the foundations of sports teams to conduct charitable raffles at games hosted at the their home venue.
PROPOSITION 6 – Provides a property tax exemption to the surviving spouse of a first responder who is either killed or fatally injured in the line of duty. Proposition 6 would provide relief to the families of fallen first responders by exempting the surviving spouse of a fallen first responder from all or part of the market value of their home.
PROPOSITION 7 – Permits credit unions and other financial institutions to award prizes to promote savings. Proposition 7 would allow qualifying banks, credit unions, and other financial institutions to conduct promotional activities, including raffles, if it encourages money savings.
Visit Smith County’s Webpage for voting locations and times, and to view your sample ballot.
I’ll be voting no on Proposition 5, permitting professional sports team foundations to conduct charitable raffles. Empower Texas has a good analysis of all the proposed constitutional amendments: visit their website here for more information.
EVER WONDER HOW WE AMEND THE TEXAS CONSTITUTION?
- A Legislator files a joint resolution to amend the Constitution during the Legislative Session (Over 150 joint resolutions were proposed in the 85th legislature alone!)
- A joint resolution must receive a “super majority” (2/3 vote) in both the House and Senate.
- The Governor does not have to approve these resolutions, they are sent straight to the voter for ballot approval.
Please do not hesitate to contact my office with questions about polling locations or for additional information regarding Constitutional Amendment Propositions at
Your Vote Counts!