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Brief Explanatory Statements of Proposed Constitutional Amendments Special Election, November 7, 2017
Proposition Number 1 (HJR 21)
HJR 21 proposes a constitutional amendment that would permit the Texas legislature to expand the cir-cumstances under which a partial-ly disabled veteran or their spouse may qualify for an exemption from ad valorem taxation of part of the market value of the veteran’s res-idence homestead. Currently, the Texas legislature may provide that a partially disabled veteran or their spouse is entitled to an exemp-tion from ad valorem taxation of a percentage of the market value of the disabled veteran’s residence homestead only if the residence homestead was donated to the dis-abled veteran by a charitable orga-nization at no cost to the veteran. The amendment would allow the Texas legislature to provide that the exemption also may be taken when the residence homestead was donated, sold, or transferred to the disabled veteran by a charitable or-ganization for less than the market value of the residence homestead. The amendment also harmonizes certain related provisions of the Texas Constitution.
The proposed amendment will ap-pear on the ballot as follows: “The constitutional amendment au-thorizing the legislature to pro--vide 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 do-nated to the disabled veteran by a charitable organization for less than the market value of the res-idence homestead and harmo-nizing certain related provisions of the Texas Constitution.”
Proposition Number 2 (SJR 60)
SJR 60 proposes a constitutional amendment to require that certain conditions be met for the refinanc-ing of a home equity loan to be secured by a voluntary lien on a homestead. The amendment also would: redefine what is excluded in the calculation of the cap on fees associated with a home equity
loan, lower the cap from 3% to 2% of the original principal amount of the extension of credit, and speci-fy that such fees are in addition to any bona fide discount points used to buy down the interest rate. The amendment would further specify the list of authorized lenders to make home equity loans, change the threshold for an advance of a home equity line of credit, allow agricultural property owners to ac--quire home equity loans, and up--date technical terminology in the Texas Constitution. The amend-ment would be effective on Janu-ary 1, 2018, and applicable only to a home equity loan made or refi-nanced on or after that date.
The proposed amendment would appeaL on the ballot as follows: “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 lender 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.”
Proposition Number 3 (SJR 34)
SJR 34 proposes a constitutional amendment that would prevent certain office holders from serving indefinitely beyond the expiration of their term. Office holders who are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate and receive no salary would only be able to serve until the last day of the first regular session of the Tex--as legislature that begins after their term expires.
The proposed amendment will appear on the ballot as follows: “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.”
Proposition Number 4 (SJR 6)
SJR 6 proposes a constitutional amendment that would allow the Texas legislature to require any court that is hearing a challenge to the constitutionality of a state
statute to notify the attorney general of that challenge, if the party raising the challenge notifies the court that the party is challengingthe constitutionality of such stat-ute. Additionally, the amendment would allow the Texas legislatureto set a period of not more than 45days following the notification tothe attorney general that the courtmust wait before rendering a judg-ment that a state statute is unconstitutional.
The proposed amendment will appear on the ballot as follows: “The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to require a court to provide notice to the attorney general of a chal-lenge to the constitutionality of a state statute and authorizing the legislature to prescribe a waiting period before the court may en-ter a judgment holding the stat-ute unconstitutional.”
Proposition Number 5 (HJR 100)
HJR 100 proposes a constitutionalamendment to provide a more de--tailed definition of professional sports team for purposes of their charitable foundations, which the Texas legislature may permit tohold charitable raffles. The amendment also deletes a requirementthat an eligible professional sportsteam charitable foundation permit-ted by the Texas legislature to holdcharitable raffles had to be in exis-tence on January 1, 2016.
The proposed amendment will ap-pear on the ballot as follows: “The constitutional amendment on professional sports team char-itable foundations conducting charitable raffles.”
Proposition Number 6 (SJR 1)
SJR 1 proposes a constitutional amendment that would allow the Texas legislature by general law to provide that a surviving spouse of a first responder who is killed or fatally injured in the line of duty is entitled to receive an exemption from ad valorem taxation from all or part of the market value on the surviving spouse’s residence homestead, as long as the surviv-ing spouse has not remarried since the death of the first responder. It would also allow the Texas legis-lature to provide that the surviving spouse, who qualifies and receives the exemption and then qualifies a
different property as the surviving spouse’s residence homestead, receive an exemption from ad valor-em taxation of the different home-stead in an amount equal to the dollar amount of the exemption of the first homestead for which the exemption was received in the last year in which the surviving spouse received the exemption for that first homestead. Like the initial exemption, this benefit will only remain available if the surviving spouse has not remarried since the death of the first responder. The proposed amendment would apply only to ad valorem taxes imposed for a tax year beginning on or after January 1, 2018.
The proposed amendment would appear on the ballot as follows: 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 sur-viving spouse of a first responder who is killed or fatally injured in the line of duty.
Proposition Number 7 (HJR 37)
HJR 37 proposes a constitutional amendment that would allow the Texas legislature to make an ex-ception to the law regarding the award of certain prizes. Currently, the Texas Constitution requires the Texas legislature to pass laws prohibiting lotteries, raffles, and other programs where the award of gifts is based on luck or chance. The proposed amendment would make an exception to this general rule to allow the Texas legislature to authorize credit unions and oth-er financial institutions to insti-tute programs which, in order to encourage savings, would award prizes based on luck or chance to the credit union’s or financial insti-tution’s customers.
The proposed amendment would appear on the ballot as follows: The constitutional amendment relating to legislative authority to permit credit unions and other financial institutions to award prizes by lot to promote savings."
Published by Texas Secretary of State Rolando B. Pablos,
www.VoteTexas.gov,
1/800-252-VOTE (8683).
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PostedSeptember 16, 2017