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2017 Constitutional Amendment Election 

October 23, 2017

Today is Election Day: Tuesday, November 7th

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PROPOSITION 1: Homestead exemption for partially donated homes of disabled veterans
The Constitution currently allows a partial property tax exemption for a partially-disabled veteran if the homestead was donated to the veteran by a charity. Prop 1 would extend the exemption even if the veteran had to pay part of the expense, for example, half the cost of the home.
  • Supporters say disabled veterans deserve breaks.
  • Opponents urge focus on reducing property taxes for everyone rather than exempting specific categories of people, regardless of how deserving, and creating higher taxes for others.
 
PROPOSITION 2: Revising home equity loan provisions
Home equity lending in Texas is governed by the Constitution. Prop 2 would lower the cap on fees that can be charged when making a home equity loan (from 3% to 2%), allow refinancing of home equity loans into non-home equity loans, revise a provision governing home equity lines of credit, and add to the list of types of approved lenders.
  • Supporters say it will make it easier and more affordable to get an equity loan.
  • Opponents say Prop 2 could raise costs for borrowers and decrease borrower protections.

 

PROPOSITION 3: Limiting terms for certain appointees of the Governor
Members of most boards and commissions appointed by the Governor serve 6-year terms, but the Constitution currently requires appointees to serve until their successors are in office. Prop 3 would set a last day for certain appointees even if their successors are not yet in office.
  • Supporters say it will keep Governor appointees from staying in office long after their terms expire.
  • Opponents say it could leave too many vacancies.

 

PROPOSITION 4: Court notice to Attorney General of constitutional challenge to State laws
Prop 4 would require courts to notify the Attorney General in advance whenever the constitutionality of a state law is challenged in court.
  • Supporters say this ensures that the state has an opportunity to defend against constitutional challenges to Texas law.
  • Opponents say Prop. 4 will create longer wait times in constitutional court cases, prolong justice for Texans, and interfere with the state’s separation of powers.

 

PROPOSITION 5: Amending eligibility requirements for sports team charitable raffles
In 2015, Texans approved a constitutional amendment to allow charitable raffles by the 10 major league sports franchises in Texas that had charitable foundations. Prop 5 would expand the allowed charitable raffles to WNBA, Minor League Baseball, National Women’s Soccer League, NASCAR, PGA, and other professional sports teams defined by law.
  • Supporters say Prop. 5 would increase cash flow to nonprofit charities, especially in rural areas.
  • Opponents fear this would expand a form of gambling and encourage other sports and non-sports groups to seek eligibility to hold raffles as well.

 

PROPOSITION 6: Homestead exemption for surviving spouses of certain first responders
The Constitution currently allows a property tax exemption for the surviving spouse of a member of the armed forces who was killed in action. Prop 6 would extend a partial or total exemption to the surviving spouse of a first responder who was killed or fatally injured in the line of duty.
  • Supporters say Prop. 6 would ensure families of fallen first responders, who have already suffered devastating loss, are not forced out of their homes by property taxes.
  • Opponents urge focus on reducing property taxes for everyone rather than exempting specific categories of people, regardless of how deserving, and creating higher taxes for others.

 

PROPOSITION 7: Authorizing Legislature to allow banks to hold raffles promoting savings
Prop 7 would allow credit unions and other financial institutions to award cash prizes by lottery-style selection as a promotional activity to encourage savings.
  • Supporters value the incentives for personal savings.
  • Opponents say this would be a special class for the only non-charitable raffle in the state.