Seven amendments will be up for consideration by Texans in the Nov. 3 ballot (early voting runs from Oct. 19 through Oct. 30). Here we offer our recommendations on each of the propositions.
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