TX 2021 elections: what you need to know about 8 proposals on the ballot
AUSTIN, TX – On November 2, Texans will see eight state proposals on their ballot. Voters can vote for or against each proposal, which are proposed amendments to thewhich has its origin in the state legislature.
To make sure you’re well prepared at the polls, we’ve detailed what each proposal means and what it would do if passed.
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Texas proposals for the November 2 ballot
The constitutional amendment allowing charitable foundations of professional sports teams of organizations sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association or the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association to hold charity raffles at the rodeo.
What it means : HJR 143 proposes a constitutional amendment expanding the circumstances under which a professional sports team charitable foundation can hold raffles to raise funds for the charitable purposes of the foundation.
The constitutional amendment allowing a county to fund the development or redevelopment of transport or infrastructure in unproductive, underdeveloped or dilapidated areas of the county.
What it means : HJR 99 proposes a constitutional amendment that would allow the legislature to authorize a county to issue bonds or notes to finance the development or redevelopment of an unproductive, underdeveloped or devastated area, and pledge for repayment of these bonds or notes property tax increases income imposed on property in the area by the county.
The constitutional amendment to prohibit that state or a political subdivision of that state from banning or limiting religious services by religious organizations.
What it means : SJR 27 proposes a constitutional amendment prohibiting Texas or any political subdivision from passing, enacting, or issuing any law, ordinance, proclamation, ruling, or rule that prohibits or restricts religious services.
This would apply to religious services, including those held in churches, congregations and places of worship, in the state by a religious organization established to support and serve the propagation of sincere religious belief.
The constitutional amendment modifying the conditions of eligibility for a judge of the supreme court, a judge of the criminal appeal court, a judge of an appeal court and a district judge.
What it means : SJR 47 proposes a constitutional amendment modifying certain eligibility requirements for these positions, such as qualifications and residency in the state for a certain period.
The constitutional amendment granting additional powers to the State Commission on Judicial Conduct in relation to candidates for judicial office.
What it means : HJR 165 proposes a constitutional amendment allowing the State Commission on Judicial Conduct to accept complaints or reports, conduct inquiries and take any other authorized action in respect of a candidate for judicial office d ‘State. Currently, the Texas Constitution only authorizes the SCJC to take action against persons exercising judicial office.
The constitutional amendment establishing a right for residents of certain facilities to designate an essential caregiver for in-person visits.
What it means : SJR 19 proposes a constitutional amendment establishing that residents of certain facilities have the right to designate an essential caregiver with whom the facility cannot prohibit in-person visits.
This would apply to a nursing home, an assisted living facility, an intermediate care facility for people with a developmental disability, a residence providing home and community services, or a state-supported residential center.
The proposed amendment would also authorize the legislature to provide guidelines for these facilities to follow in establishing policies and procedures for visiting essential caregivers.
The constitutional amendment to allow the surviving spouse of a person with a disability to receive a limitation on ad valorem taxes from the school district on the family property of the spouse’s residence if the spouse is 55 years of age or older at the time of the person’s death .
What it means : HJR 125 proposes a constitutional amendment allowing a person 55 years of age or older at the time of the death of their spouse who receives a limitation in school district property taxes on their homestead on the basis of a disability to continue to receive the limitation as long as the property remains the family property of residence of the surviving spouse.
The constitutional amendment authorizing lawmakers to provide an ad valorem exemption from taxation of all or part of the market value of the homestead residential property of the surviving spouse of a member of the United States armed forces who is killed or fatally injured in the course of action.
What it means : SJR 35 proposes a constitutional amendment authorizing lawmakers to exempt from ad valorem taxation all or part of the market value of the homestead residential property of the surviving spouse of a member of the United States armed forces who is killed or fatally injured in the ‘exercise of its functions.
The Texas Constitution grants a property tax exemption to the surviving spouse of a member of the military who is killed in action, but the current exemption does not include service members who die while serving as a result of injuries sustained that are not no fights. Related.