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November 08, 2011 Election Set for 10 Proposed Texas Constitutional Amendments

20 September 2011 at 9:21:29 AM

This blog thread is simply to inform Texans that Governor Perry and the Office of the Secretary of State have set the date of November 08, 2011 for the election to determine which of any of the 10 proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution will be approved by voters.

If after reading the 10 propositions, I would be willing to discuss the merits of any of them with those who are interested or who may need more information on any of the proposed amendments.

Just an FYI, approximately 80 percent of all proposed constitutional amendments are approved by Texas voters..  As a contrast...  Personally, for the past 15 years, I have voted for only 10 percent of them.  It is questionable whether most voters fully comprehend the wording and the outcome of each one's approval.

Anyway, here they are and feel free to ask questions and/or to discuss them.


Pursuant to Sections 274.001 and 274.002 of the Texas Election Code, the propositions for the joint resolutions will appear as follows:

"The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for an exemption from ad valorem taxation of all or part of the market value of the residence homestead of the surviving spouse of a 100 percent or totally disabled veteran."

"The constitutional amendment providing for the issuance of additional general obligation bonds by the Texas Water Development Board in an amount not to exceed $6 billion at any time outstanding."

"The constitutional amendment providing for the issuance of general obligation bonds of the State of Texas to finance educational loans to students."

"The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to permit a county to issue bonds or notes to finance the development or redevelopment of an unproductive, underdeveloped, or blighted area and to pledge for repayment of the bonds or notes increases in ad valorem taxes imposed by the county on property in the area. The amendment does not provide authority for increasing ad valorem tax rates."

"The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to allow cities or counties to enter into interlocal contracts with other cities or counties without the imposition of a tax or the provision of a sinking fund."

"The constitutional amendment clarifying references to the permanent school fund, allowing the General Land Office to distribute revenue from permanent school fund land or other properties to the available school fund to provide additional funding for public education, and providing for an increase in the market value of the permanent school fund for the purpose of allowing increased distributions from the available school fund."

"The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to permit conservation and reclamation districts in El Paso County to issue bonds supported by ad valorem taxes to fund the development and maintenance of parks and recreational facilities."

"The constitutional amendment providing for the appraisal for ad valorem tax purposes of open-space land devoted to water stewardship purposes on the basis of its productive capacity."

"The constitutional amendment authorizing the governor to grant a pardon to a person who successfully completes a term of deferred adjudication community supervision."

"The constitutional amendment to change the length of the unexpired term that causes the automatic resignation of certain elected county or district officeholders if they become candidates for another office."



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1 - j.ogletree   20 Sep 2011 @ 1:03:30 PM 

What do you know about Proposition 9?  What exactly is meant by "pardon;" what does that do/change for the person?  Also, do you know if there is a difference between what is called "community service" and "community supervision"?  Thanks.

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2 - pstern   20 Sep 2011 @ 1:38:39 PM 

Good question.

Many of these propositions are written to encourage vagueness and confusion.  Others may be written as a means slanted towards a specific desired outcome.  In any case, I will try to provide you with more clarity.

SJR is an acronym for Senate Joint Resolution, which is another way of saying this bill originated, developed and was approved in the Senate.  Naturally, the House also approved it or it could not be on the ballot.

Proposition 9, a.k.a., SJR 9 would amend the constitution to authorize the governor, on the written recommendation and advice of the Board of Pardons and Paroles, to grant a pardon, reprieve, or commutation of punishment to a person who successfully completes a term of deferred adjudication community supervision.

You may read a bit more on SJR 9 at:

I plan on voting AGAINST Proposition 9.  I have several reasons for doing so.  First, the Governor has the ability to grant a pardon, reprieve, or commutate the punishment of a prisoner.  Proposition 9 appears to add to the power of the Governor and of the Board of Pardons and Paroles without any apparent or communicated cause or reason.

I believe we need less government and rules rather than more government power & control over our lives and unless there is a legitimate and publicly stated reason, need and justification to add this into the constitution, I vote AGAINST Proposition 9.


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3 - j.ogletree   20 Sep 2011 @ 2:10:38 PM 

Okay.  I clicked on the link.  I think I understand the reason for the change.  I'm assuming what they have underlined is the change and that the rest is how it already reads?  If so, it currently reads that someone convicted can be pardoned.  Legally, deferred adjudication is not a conviction.  So I'm guessing, right now someone who has received deferred adjudication cannot be pardoned.  This would allow those people to be pardoned as well.

This just caught my attention because deferred adjudication is what I was offered (but did not accept). 

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4 - humanbeing   20 Sep 2011 @ 5:47:06 PM 

I learned my lesson about voting 'yes' for these things after I inadvertently voted 'yes' for the one that became the Trans Texas Corridor. I'm a reasonably literate person but trying to understand exactly what one is voting for in these elections is almost impossible unless you do lots and lots of research...really dig. Otherwise, for me, it's almost always 'NO'.

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5 - pstern   20 Sep 2011 @ 6:19:31 PM 

Some of the propositions are worthwhile, like Proposition 1 which is for the spouses of ONLY 100 percent or totally disabled veterans who in many cases had to stop working to take care of the veteran's needs and most likely do not have any savings left.  It is a small percent of the general population and it is important to vote for.

I will vote FOR Proposition 1.

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6 - humanbeing   20 Sep 2011 @ 6:43:30 PM 

Yes, pstern, this one does seem to be what it says it is and also something I would vote for, for obvious reasons. Thanks.

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7 - pstern   20 Sep 2011 @ 8:16:33 PM 

HB, you're welcome.

To me it is discouraging how our legislators for the most part are rather reckless in their handling of bills and proposals.

For example, when they finally passed the bill to provide disabled veterans with a property exemption in direct percentage to the percentage of their disability --- e.g., a 100 percent disabled veteran gets a 100 percent property tax exemption --- they did NOT include a means for actually providing the exemption during the legislative session.  So, when they left the session and went home to their families, the exemptions could not be provided for at least another 2 years until the next legislative session where they then provided the means to generate the exemptions.  So, the disabled had to somehow get through 3 years of paying higher and higher taxes on their fixed incomes until the legislators did the job they should have done before they went home.

In addition, Proposal 1 should have been included in the original bill for the exemption, but our legislators do not think logically or long-term.  We have a real problem with leadership and it doesn't seem to bother many people.  Well, it bothers the hell out of me!!!

I wrote legislators when they left prematurely and I told them they screwed up and that many disabled were going to lose their homes via foreclosures because legislators did NOT do their jobs properly.  I told them all that they should be ashamed of themselves and that the lives and homes of the disabled were on their consciences and it was their responsibility that they again diverted because they ran out of time and didn't do their jobs properly.

So, now Proposal 1 is on the ballot and it needs to be approved by voters.  The 100 percent and totally disabled have suffered enough.


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8 - Juanita   25 Oct 2011 @ 9:23:19 AM 

I just clicked on an ad. here FOR  propostion 8.  They say it will help secure clean, reliable water for us.  I don't understand what that has to do with ad valorem tax (and haven't looked into it too much yet).  Anyone know anything "real" about it?

9 - pstern   25 Oct 2011 @ 6:06:28 PM 

Juanita, go to the most recent commentary I wrote on the 10 Propositions.  I wrote opinions on each of them.

I will vote against all the propositions EXCEPT for Prop 1.


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10 - humanbeing   25 Oct 2011 @ 6:48:07 PM 

First of all, the legislature doesn't define what they mean by 'water stewardship'. It seems to me, if they were really serious about managing this very precious resource, they would re-write our state's medieval laws regarding water usage.

Earlier this year, I researched our water laws when a neighbor bulldozed 4-5 acres of riparian woodland and re-directed the flow of a creek into his new tank. He owns 11 acres total, all open field except for the creek, that he altered because he wanted to put a couple of cows on it. It turned out that the Army Corps of Engineers had authority over this waterway but could not stop this stupid destruction because of a limitation in our Texas law that prevents enforcement of intelligent stewardship of water in the case of 'livestock' operation. A livestock operation on 11 acres? Please don't insult my intelligence. I'm voting NO.

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11 - pstern   25 Oct 2011 @ 7:19:47 PM 

Wording in the propositions historically are vague so that voters really don't comprehend what exactly is being discussed.

As I previously mentioned, 80 to 90 percent of propositions in each constitutional amendment elections ARE APPROVED by voters.  It's a damn shame because they have no idea the special interest damage they are permitting.


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12 - humanbeing   25 Oct 2011 @ 7:26:14 PM 

I totally agree with you, pstern. If a voter doesn't really understand, vote No.

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13 - pstern   26 Oct 2011 @ 10:40:53 AM 

Problem is they may think they do know, based on the vague wording.

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14 - humanbeing   26 Oct 2011 @ 7:54:35 PM 

One has to be a very discerning 'consumer' these days, whether you're buying something, getting health care or voting.

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15 - pstern   26 Oct 2011 @ 10:23:19 PM 

Yep, for sure.

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