The 83rd Regular Session and three Special Sessions, the Texas Legislature voted to send nine Constitutional Amendments to the voters for the November 2013 election.
Early voting for the amendments will be through Friday, Nov. 1, at the Stephens County Courthouse.
Election Day is Tuesday Nov. 5. Voters will need to check their voter registration card for their precinct and voting place.
• Proposition No. 1: Extending Property Tax Exemptions To Surviving Spouse of Veterans.
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 member of the armed services of the United States who is killed in action.
• Proposition No. 2: Eliminating Obsolete Requirement on State Medical Board
The constitutional amendment eliminating an obsolete requirement for a State Medical Education Board and a State Medical Education Fund, neither of which is operational.
• Proposition No. 3: Tax Exemptions for Aircraft Parts to Make Texas Competitive with Other States.
The constitutional amendment to authorize a political subdivision of this state to extend the number of days that aircraft parts that are exempt from ad valorem taxation due to their location in this state for a temporary period may be located in this state for purposes of qualifying for the tax exemption.
• Proposition No. 4: Property Tax Exemptions for Partially Disabled Veterans.
The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for an exemption from ad valorem taxation of part of the market value of the residence homestead of a partially disabled veteran or the surviving spouse of a partially disabled veteran if the residence homestead was donated to the disabled veteran by a charitable organization.
• Proposition No. 5: Allowing Texas Seniors to Use “Reverse Mortgages” when They Purchase a Smaller Home.
The constitutional amendment to authorize the making of a reverse mortgage loan for the purchase of homestead property and to amend lender disclosures and other requirements in connection with a reverse mortgage loan.
• Proposition No. 6: Funding the Statewide Water Plan.
The constitutional amendment providing for the creation of the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas and the State Water Implementation Revenue Fund for Texas to assist in the financing of priority projects in the state water plan to ensure the availability of adequate water resources.
• Proposition No. 7: Allowing Home-Rule Cities to Fill Council Vacancies Through Appointment if Less than One Year Let on Term of Office.
The constitutional amendment authorizing a home-rule municipality to provide in its charter the procedure to fill a vacancy on its governing body for which the unexpired term is 12 months or less.
• Proposition No. 8: Readjusting Local Tax Rate for Hidalgo County Hospital District.
The constitutional amendment repealing Section 7, Article IX, Texas Constitution, which relates to the creation of a hospital district in Hidalgo County.
• Proposition No. 9: Expanding Sanctions by State Commission on Judicial Conduct.
The constitutional amendment relating to expanding the types of sanctions that may be assessed against a judge or justice following a formal proceeding instituted by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct.