Read Pros & Cons on Proposed Amendments to Texas Constitution 

The LWV-TEF Voters Guide with pros and cons on the ballot issues to be voted on November 7 should be available estimated by October 10.


Official Ballot Language for the Nov 7, 2017 Constitutional Amendment Election

In 2017 the 85th Texas Legislature referred seven statewide ballot measures to appear on the Texas ballot for the election on November 7, 2017.

On the ballot November 7, 2017

Amendment Description & Ballot Wording

Home Equity Loan Amendment  Makes changes to home equity loan provision of constitution. The constitutional amendment to establish a lower amount for expenses that can be charged to a borrower and removing certain financing expense limitations for a home equity loan, establishing certain authorized lenders to make a home equity loan, changing certain options for the refinancing of home equity loans, changing the threshold for an advance of a home equity line of credit, and allowing home equity loans on agricultural homesteads.

Financial Institutions to Offer Prizes to Promote Savings Amendment Authorizes financial institutions to offer prizes to promote savings. The constitutional amendment relating to legislative authority to permit credit unions and other financial institutions to award prizes by lot to promote savings.

Definition of Professional Sports Team in Charitable Raffles Amendment Defines professional sports team in charitable raffles. The constitutional amendment on professional sports team charitable foundations conducting charitable raffles.

Property Tax Exemption for Surviving Spouses of First Responders Killed in Line of Duty Amendment Authorizes property tax exemption for surviving spouses of first responders killed in line of duty. 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 first responder who is killed or fatally injured in the line of duty

Require Court to Provide Notice to Attorney General Amendment Requires a court to provide notice to the attorney general of a challenge to a statute. The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to require a court to provide notice to the attorney general of a challenge to the constitutionality of a state statute and authorizing the legislature to prescribe a waiting period before the court may enter a judgment holding the statute unconstitutional.

Appointed Officer Term Expiration Amendment Provides for how long an appointed officer may serve after his or her term expires. The constitutional amendment limiting the service of certain officeholders appointed by the governor and confirmed by the senate after the expiration of the person’s term of office.

Property Tax Exemption for Partially Disabled Veteran with Donated House Amendment  Authorizes tax exemption for property of partially disabled veterans received as donations.  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 for less than the market value of the residence homestead and harmonizing certain related provisions of the Texas Constitution

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Voters Guide to Pros and Cons on Proposed Amendments

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Available now Online  & in October in Area Locations 

The LWV-Texas Education Fund Voters Guide to proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution that will appear on the November 7  ballot is available here online for downloading.

It also will be 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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