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Texas(ten) Ballot Propositions 2019

Bastrop County TEA Party =
Taxed, Enough, Already
Greeting!
November 5, 2019 is the official voting day.
Early voting begins Tuesday October 22
Bastrop County :
bastropvotes.org for poling locations and times.
All other Counties check with your County Elections Administrator.
Well this is our odd number year 2019, and in those odd years Texans vote for Constitutional amendments. This year we will be voting for 10 (ten) propositions to become amendments that will give Texans the opportunity to change our Texas Constitution or not!

The following 10 propositions will appear on the ballot in the order below.
In order to appear on the ballot, the proposed amendments must first be approved by a two-thirds vote, 100 votes in the state House and 21 votes in the state Senate.
Then a drawing ceremony is held for the placement of these propositions on the ballot by the Deputy Secretary of State Joe Esparsa.

I have each proposition written out along with a Ballotpedia link and what a “yes” or “no” vote will mean.
Ballotpedia has a very extensive breakdown of the proposition, how the Legislatures voted, which part of the TX Constitution is effected + other info.
Broken down for each proposition is the yes, no vote meaning and the link for that prop.

So happy reading….please do your due diligence investigations and don’t just take the word of Ballotpedia! These props will change how our form of government will work or not!!!!

Sincerely,
Terry Wareham – Head – Bastrop County TEA Party

You can also find these posted on Bastrop County TEA Party on Facebook
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1 (HJR 72)
“The constitutional amendment permitting a person to hold more than one office as a municipal judge at the same time.”

A “yes” vote supports this amendment to allow persons to hold more than one office as an elected or appointed municipal judge in more than one municipality at the same time.

A “no” vote opposes this amendment, thereby allowing a person to hold more than one office as an appointed, but not an elected, municipal judge in more than one municipality at the same time.

https://ballotpedia.org/Texas_Proposition_1,_Allowed_to_Serve_as_Multiple_Municipal_Judges_Amendment_(2019)

 

Proposition 2 (SJR 79)
“The constitutional amendment providing for the issuance of additional general obligation bonds by the Texas Water Development Board in an amount not to exceed $200 million to provide financial assistance for the development of certain projects in economically distressed

A “yes” vote supports this amendment to allow the Texas Water Development Board to issue bonds on a continuing basis, but not exceeding $200 million in total principal at any time, for water supply and sewer service in areas defined as economically distressed.

A “no” vote opposes this amendment, thus discontinuing bond funding for the Texas Water Development Board’s economically distressed areas program.
https://ballotpedia.org/Texas_Proposition_2,_Water_Development_Board_Bonds_Amendment_(2019)
Proposition 3 (HJR 34)
“The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for a temporary exemption from ad valorem taxation of a portion of the appraised value of certain property damaged by a disaster.”

A “yes” vote supports this amendment to allow political subdivisions to provide temporary property tax exemptions in areas that the governor declared as disaster areas.

A “no” vote opposes this amendment, thus continuing to allow property reappraisals following disasters but not tax exemptions.
https://ballotpedia.org/Texas_Proposition_3,_Temporary_Property_Tax_Exemption_for_Disaster_Areas_Amendment_(2019)
Texas Proposition 4, the Prohibit State Income Tax on Individuals Amendment
Proposition 4 (HJR
“The constitutional amendment prohibiting the imposition of an individual income tax, including a tax on an individual’s share of partnership and unincorporated association income”
A “yes” vote supports this amendment to prohibit the state from levying an income tax on individuals.

A “no” vote opposes this amendment, thus continuing to allow the state to enact a tax on individuals in the future through a statewide referendum.
https://ballotpedia.org/Texas_Proposition_4,_Prohibit_State_Income_Tax_on_Individuals_Amendment_(2019)
Proposition 5 (SJR 24)
“The constitutional amendment dedicating the revenue received from the existing state sales and use taxes that are imposed on sporting goods to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Texas Historical Commission to protect Texas’ natural areas, water quality, and history by acquiring, managing, and improving state and local parks and historic sites while not increasing the rate of the state sales and use taxes.”

A “yes” vote supports this constitutional amendment to dedicate revenue from the sales tax on sporting goods to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Texas Historical Commission.

A “no” vote opposes this constitutional amendment, thus allowing the legislature to decide how much of the revenue from the sales tax on sporting goods is allocated to the state Parks and Wildlife Department and the state Historical Commission.
https://ballotpedia.org/Texas_Proposition_5,_Sales_Tax_on_Sporting_Goods_Dedicated_to_Parks,_Wildlife,_and_Historical_Agencies_Amendment_(2019)
Proposition 6 (HJR 12)
“The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to increase by $3 billion the maximum bond amount authorized for the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.”

“yes” vote supports this amendment to allow the legislature to increase the maximum amount of bonds for the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas from $3 billion to $6 billion.

A “no” vote opposes this amendment, thereby keeping the maximum amount of bonds for the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas at $3 billion.
https://ballotpedia.org/Texas_Proposition_6,_Cancer_Prevention_and_Research_Institute_Bonds_Amendment_(2019)

Proposition 7 (HJR 151)
“The constitutional amendment allowing increased distributions to the available school fund.”

A “yes” vote supports this amendment to allow the General Land Office and State Board of Education to each transfer $600 million from the Permanent School Fund’s lands and properties proceeds to the Available School Fund each year.

A “no” vote opposes this amendment, thereby keeping the amount of revenue that the General Land Office is permitted to transfer from the Permanent School Fund’s lands and properties proceeds to the Available School Fund at $300 million per year and excluding the State Board of Education from making transfers from the fund’s funds and properties proceeds.
https://ballotpedia.org/Texas_Proposition_7,_Increase_Distributions_to_School_Fund_Amendment_(2019)

Proposition 8 (HJR 4)
“The constitutional amendment providing for the creation of the flood infrastructure fund to assist in the financing of drainage, flood mitigation, and flood control projects.”

A “yes” vote supports this constitutional amendment to create the Flood Infrastructure Fund, which the Texas Water Development Board would use to provide financing for flood drainage, mitigation, and control projects.

A “no” vote opposes this constitutional amendment to create the Flood Infrastructure Fund.
https://ballotpedia.org/Texas_Proposition_8,_Flood_Infrastructure_Fund_Amendment_(2019)
Proposition 9 (HJR 95)
“The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to exempt from ad valorem taxation precious metal held in a precious metal depository located in this state.”

A “yes” vote supports this amendment to allow the legislature to exempt precious metals held in precious metal depositories from property taxation.

A “no” vote opposes this amendment, thereby continuing to permit taxation of precious metals held in precious metal depositories as property.
https://ballotpedia.org/Texas_Proposition_9,_Precious_Metals_in_Depositories_Exempt_from_Property_Tax_Amendment_(2019)
Proposition 10 (SJR 32)
“The constitutional amendment to allow the transfer of a law enforcement animal to a qualified caretaker in certain circumstances.”

“yes” vote supports this amendment to allow for the transfer of a law enforcement animal, such as a dog or horse, to the animal’s handler or another qualified caretaker if the transfer is in the animal’s best interest.

A “no” vote opposes this amendment to allow for the transfer of a law enforcement animal, such as a dog or horse, to the animal’s handler or another qualified caretaker if the transfer is in the animal’s best interest.
https://ballotpedia.org/Texas_Proposition_10,_Transfer_of_Care_of_Law_Enforcement_Animals_Amendment_(2019)
For more information and resources for voting in Texas, visit:

VoteTexas.gov.
Texas Legislature on Line: https://capitol.texas.gov/
Other duties by the Secretary of State: https://www.sos.state.tx.us/about/duties.shtml
Why can voters only vote at the polls? Why don’t we have initiative and referendum?
Due to a 1914 amendment that reads in part:

S. J. R. No. 12.] SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION.
“To amend Section 1 of Article 3 of the Constitution of the State of the people, or reserve to them, the power to propose laws and to enact or reject the same at the polls, and to approve or reject at the polls any Act of the Legislature.
Be it resolved by the Legislature of the State of Texas: That Section 1 of Article 3 of the Constitution of the State of Texas be amended to read: Section 1. The legislative power of this State shall be vested in a Senate and House of Reprsentatives, which, together, shall be styled “The Legislature of the State of Texas,” but the people reserve to themselves, power, as herein provided, to propose laws and to enact or reject the same at the polls, and to approve or reject at the polls any law, or any part of any law, enacted by the Legislature. The Legislature shall provide by law for submitting to the vote of the people, upon the petition of twenty per cent. of the qualified voters of the State the enactment of laws and the approval or rejection of any law enacted by the Legislature. “
https://lrl.texas.gov/scanned/sessionLaws/33-0/SJR_12.pdfTexas, so as to give to

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