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Analysis of Texas Constitutional Amendments

AUSTIN (KTRE) - Eleven proposed constitutional amendments went before Texas voters in Tuesday's election and won passage. The proposals passed both chambers of the Legislature with a two-thirds vote earlier this year and, having received voter approval, will be added to the state constitution. They are:

PROPOSITION 1: Authorizes financing methods for municipalities and counties to acquire buffer zones or open spaces next to military bases. The amendment could prevent encroachment next to the base and allow construction of roads, utilities and other infrastructure to promote the mission of a military base.

PROPOSITION 2: Allows the Legislature to provide for ad valorem taxation of a residence homestead solely on the basis of the property's value as a residence, not at the potentially higher commercial use value.

PROPOSITION 3: Provides for uniform standards and procedures for the appraisal of property for taxation. Texas lacks uniform standards, and proponents said this amendment would ensure that property in diverse parts of the state are valued using the same generally accepted practices.

PROPOSITION 4: Establishes a national research university fund to help emerging research universities achieve national prominence as major research universities. Proponents said it will provide funding similar to what elevated Texas A&M University and the University of Texas to Tier One status, providing jobs and stature for the state.

PROPOSITION 5: Permits the Texas Legislature to allow a single board of equalization for two or more adjoining appraisal entities, meaning area appraisal boards can be consolidated if they choose.

PROPOSITION 6: Authorizes the Veterans' Land Board to issue general obligation bonds in amounts equal to or less than amounts previously authorized, preventing the land board from continually having to seek legislative authorization.

PROPOSITION 7: Allows an officer or enlisted member of the Texas State Guard or other state militia or military force to hold other civil offices. This corrects what some say is an oversight in the state constitution.

PROPOSITION 8: Authorizes the state to contribute money, property and other resources to establish veterans hospital. It's designed to speed up efforts to open a federal Veterans Administration hospital in the Rio Grande Valley, where residents currently must travel to San Antonio to receive some VA hospital services.

PROPOSITION 9: Protects the right of the public to access and use the public beaches bordering the seaward shore of the Gulf of Mexico. This would block private developers from restricting beach access to the public.

PROPOSITION 10: Limits elected members of the governing boards of emergency services districts to terms no longer than four years.

PROPOSITION 11: Prohibits governments from taking private property for private economic development to increase a tax base.  It also limits the Legislature's power to grant eminent domain authority to a governmental entity.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

For an analysis of the amendments click here:

http://www.tlc.state.tx.us/pubsconamend/pubsconamend.html

For complete election results click here:

http://enr.sos.state.tx.us/enr/

 

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