On Tuesday, November 5th, the residents of Texas have the ability to vote on ten proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution. The ten amendments were introduced by legislators in the 86th Legislative Session. Over the last few weeks we reviewed each proposed amendment and this week we will review the last four propositions that will be on the ballot this year.

Proposition 7: Allowing increased distributions to Available School Fund. The wording on the ballot will be: “The constitutional amendment allowing increased distributions to the available school fund.” This proposition allow the State Board of Education, the General Land Office, or another entity that had responsibility for the management of revenues derived from Permanent School Fund land or other properties to distribute each year to the Available School Fund revenue derived during that year from the land or properties, up to $600 million by each entity each year.
Proposition 8: Creating the Flood Infrastructure Fund. The wording on the ballot will be: “The constitutional amendment providing for the creation of the flood infrastructure fund to assist in the financing of drainage, flood mitigation, and flood control projects” This proposition would create the Flood Infrastructure Fund as a special fund in the state treasury outside the general revenue fund. As provided by general law, the fund could be used by the Texas Water Development Board without further appropriation to provide financing for drainage, flood mitigation, or flood control projects. This includes planning and design activities, as well as work to obtain related regulatory approval to provide nonstructural and structural flood mitigation and drainage.

Proposition 9: Exempting precious metals held in Texas depositories from property taxes. The wording on the ballot will be: “The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to exempt from ad valorem taxation precious metal held in a precious metal depository located in this state.” This proposition would amend Texas Constitution Art. 8 to authorize the Legislature to exempt from property taxes precious metal held in a precious metal depository in Texas. The Legislature could define “precious metal” and “precious metal depository” for purposes of the exemption.

Proposition 10: Allowing retired law enforcement animal transfer without fee. The wording on the ballot will be: “The constitutional amendment to allow the transfer of a law enforcement animal to a qualified caretaker in certain circumstances.” This would allow the Legislature to authorize a state agency or a county, municipality, or other political subdivision to transfer without fee a law enforcement dog, horse, or other animal to the animal’s handler or another qualified caretaker upon the animal’s retirement or at another time if it was in the animal’s best interest.

To make well-informed votes, we must educate ourselves on the changes proposed. For more information on these propositions, please visit Constitutional amendments proposed
for November 2019 ballot.
This site includes more details and specifics on each amendment. You have access to the arguments for and against each amendment on the website, as well.

If you have questions regarding any of the information mentioned in this week’s article, please do not hesitate to call my Capitol or District Office. Please always feel free to contact my office if you have any questions or issues regarding a Texas state agency, or if you would like to contact my office regarding constituent services. As always, my offices are available at any time to assist with questions, concerns or comments (Capitol Office, 512-463-0672; District Office, 361-949-4603).

– State Representative Todd Hunter, District 32

Rep. Hunter represents Nueces County (Part). He can be contacted at todd.hunter@house.texas.gov or at 512-463-0672