Capitol Update: You Decide

September 17, 2019

Dear Friends,

During this year’s legislative session, ten measures passed that will only take effect if Texas voters agree at the ballot box. You decide.

November 5, 2019 is Texas’ Constitutional Amendment election date, so please mark your calendars! Here are the Propositions under consideration:

  • Proposition 1 (HJR 72) – “The constitutional amendment permitting a person to hold more than one office as a municipal judge at the same time.”
  • 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 areas.”
  • 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.”
  • Proposition 4 (HJR 38) – “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.”
  • 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.”
  • 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.”
  • Proposition 7 (HJR 151) – “The constitutional amendment allowing increased distributions to the available school fund.”
  • 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.”
  • 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.”
  • Proposition 10 (SJR 32) – “The constitutional amendment to allow the transfer of a law enforcement animal to a qualified caretaker in certain circumstances.”

If you have questions regarding any of these ballot Propositions or their legislative history, please consider visiting Texas Legislature Online or giving our Capitol office a call at (512) 463-0109. We won’t ask you to vote a certain way, but we’re glad to help supply information… and I don’t mind letting you know that Proposition 4 to permanently ban a state income tax is a personal favorite of mine!

Sincerely,

Kelly Hancock
State Senator, District 9
Chairman, Business & Commerce


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