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The LWV-TEF Voters Guide with pros and cons on the ballot issues to be voted on November 5.

Official Ballot Language and Order for the Nov 5 2013 Constitutional Amendment Election

Texas Secretary of State John Steen selected the ballot order for nine proposed constitutional amendments to be voted on as part of the Nov. 5 election.

The amendments will appear in the following order:

Proposition 1 (HJR 62) 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 2 (HJR 79) 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 3 (HJR 133) The constitutional amendment to authorize a political subdivision of this state to extend the number of days 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 4 (HJR 24) 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 5 (SJR 18) 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 6 (SJR 1) 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 7 (HJR 87) 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 8 (HJR 147 and SJR 54) The constitutional amendment repealing Section 7, Article IX, Texas Constitution, which relates to the creation of a hospital district in Hidalgo County.

Proposition 9 (SJR 42) 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.

 A proposed constitutional amendment that would divert about $1 billion annually from the state’s Economic Stabilization Fund (Rainy Day fund) to the Texas Department of Transportation for funding will be on the November 2014 ballot.

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The LWV-Texas Education Fund Voters Guide to proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution that will appear on the November 5  ballot is available here online for downloading.

It also is available in paper copy at public and college libraries, the voter registration office, through classroom teachers, and at some retail locations.

 LWV-Tyler/Smith County provides these as a public service to area voters.

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Calendar: November 5, 2013 Election

 Sep. 6—First Day to Apply for Ballot by Mail

Oct. 7—Last Day to Register to Vote

Oct. 21—Nov. 1—Early Voting

Nov. 5—Election Day