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Stories Added - November 4, 2007 - November 11, 2007
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November amendment election order
Big Thicket Messenger - November 2007

New Texas Secretary of State Phil Wilson recently conducted a drawing to determine the order of the proposed constitutional amendments that will appear on the November 6, 2007 ballot. The amendments were randomly drawn in accordance with Texas election law. (Section 274.002)

Wilson said constitutional amendment elections play an important role in shaping the future of the State. Texas Governor Rick Perry recently appointed Wilson, the state’s chief elections officer, to the office.

Since it was enacted in 1876, the Texas State Constitution has been amended more than 400 times. Proposed constitutional amendments must pass by a two-thirds vote in both houses of the state’s legislature to be considered on the ballot. These sixteen amendments were approved for consideration by the 80th Legislature and will require a majority vote to be amended to the constitution.

Secretary Wilson serves as the chief elections officer for the State, overseeing elections in Texas and providing support to election officials statewide to ensure fair and democratic elections. Wilson will be traveling throughout Texas in the weeks leading up to the election to remind Texans of their right and responsibility to vote.

Ballot Language for November 6, 2007 Constitutional Amendment

Proposition 1 – HJR 103
“The constitutional amendment providing for the continuation of the constitutional appropriation for facilities and other capital items at Angelo State University on a change in the governance of the university.”

Proposition 3 – HJR 40
“The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide that the maximum appraised value of a residence homestead for ad valorem taxation is limited to the lesser of the most recent market value of the residence homestead as determined by the appraisal entity or 110%, or a greater percentage, of the appraised value of the residence homestead for the preceding tax year.”

Proposition 4 – SJR 65
“The constitutional amendment authorizing the issuance  of up to $1 billion in bonds payable from the general revenues of the state for maintenance, improvement, repair, and construction projects and for the purchase of needed equipment.”

Proposition 5 – SJR 44
“The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to permit the voters of a municipality having a population of less than 10,000 to authorize the governing body of the municipality to enter into an agreement with an owner of real property in or adjacent to an area in the municipality that has been approved for funding under certain programs administered by the Texas Department of Agriculture under which the parties agree that all ad valorem taxes imposed on the owner’s property may not be increased for the first five tax years after the tax year in which the agreement is entered into.”

Proposition 6 – HJR 54
“The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to exempt from ad valorem taxation one motor vehicle owned by an individual and used in the course of the owner’s occupation or profession and also for personal activities of the owner.”

Proposition 7, HJR 30
“The constitutional amendment to allow governmental entities to sell property acquired through eminent domain back to the previous owners at the price the entities paid to acquire the property.”

Proposition 8 – HJR 72
“The constitutional amendment to clarify certain provisions relating to the making of a home equity loan and use of home equity loan proceeds.”

Proposition 9 – SJR 29
“The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to exempt all or part of the residence homesteads of certain totally disabled veterans from ad valorem taxation and authorizing a change in the manner of determining the amount of the existing exemption from ad valorem taxation to which a disabled veteran is entitled.”

Proposition 10 – HJR 69
“The constitutional amendment to abolish the constitutional authority for the office of inspector of hides and animals.”

Proposition 11 – HJR 19
“The constitutional amendment to require that a record vote be taken by a house of the legislature on final passage of any bill, other than certain local bills, of a resolution proposing or ratifying a constitutional amendment, or of any other nonceremonial resolution, and to provide for public access on the Internet to those record votes.”

Proposition 12 – SJR 64
“The constitutional amendment providing for the issuance of general obligation bonds by the Texas Transportation Commission in an amount not to exceed $5 billion to provide funding for highway improvement projects.”

Proposition 13 – HJR 6
“The  constitutional amendment authorizing the denial of bail to a person who violates certain court orders or conditions of release in a felony or family violence case.”

Proposition 14 – HJR 36
“The constitutional amendment permitting a justice or judge who reaches the mandatory retirement age while in office to serve the remainder of the justice’s or judge’s current term.”

Proposition 15 – HJR 90
“The constitutional amendment requiring the creation of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas and authorizing the issuance of up to $3 billion in bonds payable from the general revenues of the state for research in Texas to find the causes of and cures for cancer.”

Proposition 16 – SJR 20
“The constitutional amendment providing for the issuance of additional general obligation bonds by the Texas Water Development Board in an amount not to exceed $250 million to provide assistance to economically distressed areas.”





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