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.
Throughout Monday and Tuesday, BOR has been looking at at the various issues on the ballot for this fall's constitutional amendment election. As we prepare our own endorsements, here's an overview of the amendment process and a centralized list of our posts on the subject so far. Burnt Orange Report staff endorsements will be published on Friday.
Background on Constitutional Amendments:
The Legislature proposes these amendments in joint resolutions in the House and Senate. They must pass each body by a two-thirds vote, and cannot be vetoed by the governor. The ballot wording of the amendment is specified in the joint resolution itself. The amendments, if approved by the majority of voters, take effect immediately following the official vote canvass, unless a later date is specified in the resolution. Examples of resolutions passed in 2007 include cancer funding, record votes in the Legislature, and property tax exemptions for work vehicles. For a truly comprehensive look at the amendments and arguments for and against them, I highly recommend the House Research Organization's voter guide (PDF). It doesn't endorse, but gives very solid background on each amendment.
Summary of Amendments and Previous Endorsements:
View excerpts from the League of Women Voters' guide and compare endorsements from The Austin Chronicle, El Paso Times, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Houston Tea Party Patriots, and Senator Kirk Watson's Watson Wire.
- Proposition 1: Military Buffer Open Space
- Proposition 2: Homestead Appraisals
- Proposition 3: Statewide Appraisal Process
- Proposition 4: National Research University Fund
- Proposition 5: Consolidated Boards of Equalization
- Proposition 6: Renewing Veterans' Land Bonds
- Propostion 7: Texas State Guards in Civil Office
- Proposition 8: State Funding for Veterans' Hospitals
- Proposition 9: Protect Open Beaches
- Proposition 10: Emergency District Term Lengths
- Proposition 11: Eminent Domain Restrictions
Early voting continues through Friday, October 30th. Election day is Tuesday, November 3nd.