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The Reality of Proposed Constitutional Amendments

14 October 2007 at 1:32:27 PM

Who is this really good for?

During the past several years it's not unusual for legislators to put together various proposed constitutional amendments for an annual election.  The public is made to believe that such proposals are developed in the public interest and will benefit the community as a whole.
In reality, most proposed constitutional amendments are NOT for the public good and many increase the state's debt and are special interest driven.
Despite that fact, historically voters have approved more than 80 percent of proposed constitutional amendments.
Apparently, since the wording of the propositions are developed in a way that confuses most voters and since many of the proposals are developed and written behind closed doors without public knowledge or its input, it is safe to say that most voters haven't a clue as to what the propositions REALLY say or propose.
Consequently, the only way Texas voters can make intelligent decisions on each of the proposed constitutional amendments is to become educated on every one of them.
And THAT, my friends, is why I am writing this article.
To read more, click here.

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1 - dot   14 Oct 2007 @ 1:52:44 PM  My standard rule for amendments is to vote AGAINST them.  If I hear of, or have a really good reason to vote for one of these things, then I might, otherwise the vote is NO!

2 - joe   15 Oct 2007 @ 12:51:25 AM  I'm with ya on the amendments :)
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3 - salon   15 Oct 2007 @ 2:21:39 PM  I think our local Democratic party should host a session to explain these amendments. I keep thinking back on the TTC amendment that didn't even mention it that I voted for a few years back. As Peter says, who knew? You shouldn't have to be versed in esoteric details to understand what you're voting for. And I don't trust Perry one bit.
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4 - Sonflower   15 Oct 2007 @ 2:22:31 PM 

Speaking of amendments...whilst at the library Saturday, I picked up a League of Women's Voters of Texas "Voters Guide" for the Nov election. I thought legalizing gambling was on the Nov ballot but it was not in this guide. Would anyone happen to know which ballot it is on?

Thank you very much,

Ruthie (aka Sonflower)

5 - salon   15 Oct 2007 @ 2:49:05 PM 

I believe gambling already failed to pass in the Texas Legislature this session, including video slots (despite Perry's push to get gambling in, including using teacher's Foundation Funds to pay for consultants-pah!) I have looked at the amendments on the ballot on this EXCELLENT link by Peter but also don't see anything that has to do with gambling, and of course these are Texas constitutional amendments.

On this link from the Houston Chronicle,

Gambling: Several proposals to expand legalized gambling in Texas were offered, including full-scale casino gambling, video slot machines at racetracks and games of chance on Indian reservations.

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