Proposed constitutional amendments to go before voters

Voters will consider seven propositions to amend the Texas Constitution in the Nov. 7 election. The propositions were approved for the ballot by the 85th Legislature earlier this year.

Among the issues to be considered by voters are proposals to:

  • provide a homestead exemption for partially donated homes of disabled veterans;
  • revise home equity loan provisions;
  • limit terms for certain appointees of the governor;
  • require court notice to the attorney general of a constitutional challenge to state laws;
  • amend eligibility requirements for sports team charitable raffles;
  • provide a homestead exemption for surviving spouses of certain first responders; and
  • allow banks to hold raffles promoting savings.

The Texas Legislature proposes amendments to the state constitution in joint resolutions, which must be approved by at least a two-thirds vote of the membership of each house. A joint resolution includes the ballot wording of the proposed amendment and a specific election date. The Texas secretary of state conducted a random drawing to assign a number to each proposition for this year’s election.

Constitutional amendments take effect when the official vote canvass confirms statewide majority approval unless a later date is specified. Some amendments are self-enacting, and others required the Legislature to enact “enabling” legislation. If voters reject the amendment, the enabling legislation dependent on it does not take effect.

More information about the proposed amendments for the upcoming election, including ballot language and arguments for and against each measure, can be found in the HRO’s focus report, Constitutional Amendments Proposed for November 2017 Ballot.

by Janet Elliott

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