About Proposition 10: Texas Constitutional Amendments

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This post is from Burnt Orange Report's coverage of the 2009 Constitutional Amendment election. For coverage of the 2011 Constitutional Amendment election, CLICK HERE.

Early voting is on for the Constitutional Amendments election. Yesterday and today, Burnt Orange Report is providing some information about the 11 propositions on the ballot. Our aim is to give a broad sense of how different Texas entities perceive these amendments. In the table below, we've compiled their yea, nay, or no-endorse. Sources are all linked at the bottom. Friday, BOR will issue our official endorsements on some or all of these amendments. For more on the Amendment process, see the post on Amendment 1.



Proposition 10: Allowing Board Members of Emergency Services Districts to Serve Four Years


“Proposition 10 would … allow members of governing boards of Texas emergency service districts to serve terms not to exceed four years.” –League of Women Voters Guide

Source: Endorsement:
Austin Chronicle: YES. “But trivial, and this belongs in ordinary legislation, not the state constitution.”
El Paso Times: YES. “This would provide more continuity and experience on the boards.”
Fort Worth Star-Telegram: NO. “This is goofy. There's no good reason why board members of obscure districts in Harris County should have longer terms than members of the Texas House.”
Houston Tea Party Patriots: No Endorsement.
Sen. Kirk Watson's “Watson Wire:” YES. It “would lengthen the term of emergency services district board members from two to four years.”

These posts will conclude tonight. Endorsements by the Burnt Orange Report staff will follow on Friday.

Sources:

League of Women Voters Guide (PDF)

Austin Chronicle Endorsements, October 16, 2009

El Paso Times, October 18, 2009

Fort Worth Star-Telegram Endorsements, October 16, 2009

Houston Tea Party Patriots, October 15, 2009

Sen. Kirk Watson's Watson Wire, October 12, 2009

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Katherine Haenschen is a PhD candidate at the University of Texas, where she studies political participation on digital media. She previously managed successful candidate, issue, voter registration, and GOTV campaigns in Central Texas. She is also a fan of UCONN women's basketball and breakfast tacos.

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