Be an informed voter – On the Ballot – November 2013

As politicians start making their case for/against their proposals and platforms, it’s important for us as citizens to be well-informed about the very changes they propose. As you may be aware, the most typical way for Texas to adopt new laws is to amend its constitution, and it’s subject to voter approval. This said, and with an election almost already here, here’s a brief summary from the Texas State Department on the 9 proposed amendments that will be on the ballot this fall. For full details on each of the propositions, as well as links to how to register to vote, please follow this link.

Prop 1 – HJR 62 – Allows an ad valorem tax exemption for all or part of the home value of the surviving spouse of a US Armed Services member who has been killed in action.

Prop 2 – HJR 79 – Eliminates an old requirement for a State Medical Education Board and a State Medical Education Fund, both of which are now defunct.

Prop 3 – HJR 133 – Permits a temporary tax exemption period on aircraft parts stored in the state by aircraft companies that store inventory in the State in order to qualify for the tax exemption.

Prop 4 – HJR 24 – Allows for a partial tax exemption on homes of disabled veterans and surviving spouses that were donated by charitable organizations.

Prop 5 – SJR 18 – Allows usage of a reverse mortgage loan in the purchase of homes, changing lender disclosures and other requirements in regard to this change.

Prop 6 – SJR 1 – Known as the Rainy Day Fund Amendment, two funds would be created to assist in financing important state water projects.

Prop 7 – HJR 87 – Allows home-rule municipalities to decide how to fill a vacancy in its governing body, with an unexpired term of 12 months or less.

Prop 8 – HJR 147 / SJR 54 – Repeals a previous constitutional rule about the creation of a hospital district in Hidalgo County.

Prop 9 – SJR 42 – Expands the types of actions that may be used against a judge or a justice by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct.


Summary courtesy of The Villager – Vol 36, No 20.

About Danny Sanchez

Joining Rianne's award-winning team after a successful career as a Program and Operations Manager for a global outsourcing firm (with Fortune 100 companies as his primary clients), Danny has seen The Woodlands grow to what it has become today since 2001. An advocate for innovation and perfecting the Best Possible Real Estate experience, he understands very well that clients always come first. In his own words, "success looks like clients feel that they don't have any needs - because you've more than anticipated them."