Amendments to the Texas Constitution to Consider
Although the 84th Texas Legislature came to an end on June 1, 2015, that doesn’t mean it’s time to stop paying attention. The Public Policy department of the Texas Home School Coalition continues working to protect your family. While researching and interviewing candidates for the upcoming March 1, 2016, primary election, the team analyzed legislation recently signed into law by Gov. Abbott after passing during the legislative session. Several pieces of legislation became law, further increasing home school freedoms for parents and guardians in the state of Texas.
In addition to new pro-home school legislation passing this past legislative session, there were several constitutional amendments that were approved. Now that they have passed the legislature, it is up to you, the voters, to decide whether the amendments are beneficial for the Great State of Texas.
Empower Texans is well known and trusted in the state for its defense of conservative fiscal principles, and the group recently published a list of recommendations on the upcoming constitutional amendments to be presented on the Nov. 3 ballot.
Below is a list of some of the propositions and recommendations of how to vote on them, as provided by Empower Texans.
Proposition 1 – SJR 1
Explanation: Increases the homestead exemption for public school districts by $10,000, gives the legislature the authority to prohibit local government entities from reducing or repealing optional homestead exemptions already in place, and prohibits a transfer tax or fee on real estate transactions.
TFR State Prop. 1 Position: FOR
Proposition 2 – HJR 75
Explanation: Current state law provides for an exemption from property taxes for surviving spouses of 100% disabled veterans who after January 1, 2010, provided that they meet a certain criteria. This proposition would make eligible the same benefits to the surviving spouses of 100% disabled veterans who died before the law took effect, provided they meet the same criteria.
TFR State Prop. 2 Position: FOR
Proposition 3 – SJR 52
Explanation: Current law requires a statewide elected official to maintain a residence in the Austin area while they serve their term. This amendment would change that provision in the state constitution and allow statewide elected officials to live at home while serving their term.
TFR State Prop. 3 Position: FOR
Proposition 4 – HJR 73
Explanation: Authorizes the foundations of professional sports teams in Texas to conduct charitable raffles during games.
TFR State Prop. 4 Position: NEUTRAL
Proposition 5 – SJR 17
Explanation: Authorizes a county with a population of 7,500 or less to perform private road construction and maintenance.
TFR State Prop. 5 Position: NEUTRAL
Proposition 6 – SJR 22
Explanation: Amends the state constitution to recognize the right of Texans to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife subject to laws promoting wildlife conservation.
TFR State Prop.6 Position: NEUTRAL
Proposition 7 – SJR 5
Explanation: Dedicates a portion of state sales tax revenue and motor vehicle sales to the state highway fund, to be used only for non-tolled roads and reduction of transportation-related debt.
TFR State Prop. 7 Position: FOR
What Should You Do?
- Vote this November 3! Voting on constitutional amendments is just as important, if not more important, than voting for the candidates whom you wish to represent you on the city, state, and federal levels. You can change candidates easier than an amendment!
- Consider supporting advocacy groups like THSC so that we may continue to bring you the information that you need to know to survive in a time of continuously changing policy.
- Consider joining THSC today so that we may continue to Keep Texas Families Free!