Cohen Schedules Session on Constitutional Amendments

September 15, 2009

State Rep. Ellen Cohen will host an Informational Forum at 7 p.m., October 14 at Lanier Middle School, at 2600 Woodhead.

Cohen has recruited a group of experts to address the constitutional amendments included on the November 3 ballot. She will moderate the panel as they present background on each of the eleven amendments. 

Representatives from the Comptroller’s Office, the General Land Office, the University of Houston, and Emergency Services are among those currently scheduled to participate. 

In its 2009 session, the Legislature passed eight joint resolutions proposing 11 amendments to the state constitution.

Texas voters have approved 456 amendments to the Texas Constitution submitted by previous legislatures.

The amendments on the ballot include:

Amendment No. 1 (H.J.R. 132

Authorizing the financing, including through tax

Increment financing, of the acquisition by municipalities

and counties of buffer areas or open spaces adjacent to a

military installation for the prevention of encroachment

or for the construction of roadways, utilities, or other

infrastructure to protect or promote the mission of the

military installation.

Amendment No. 2 (H.J.R. 36, Article 1)

Authorizing the legislature to provide for the ad valorem

taxation of a residence homestead solely on the basis of the

property’s value as a residence homestead.

Amendment No. 3 (H.J.R. 36, Article 3)

Providing for uniform standards and procedures for the

appraisal of property for ad valorem tax purposes.

Amendment No. 4 (H.J.R. 14, Article 2)

 Establishing the national research university fund to enable

emerging research universities in this state to achieve

national prominence as major research universities and

transferring the balance of the higher education fund to the

national research university fund.

Amendment No. 5 (H.J.R. 36, Article 2)

Authorizing the legislature to authorize a single board of

equalization for two or more adjoining appraisal entities

that elect to provide for consolidated equalizations.

Amendment No. 6 (H.J.R. 116)

Authorizing the Veterans’ Land Board to issue general

obligation bonds in amounts equal to or less than amounts

previously authorized.

Amendment No. 7 (H.J.R. 127)

Allowing an officer or enlisted member of the Texas State

Guard or other state militia or military force to hold other

civil offices.

Amendment No. 8 (H.J.R. 7)

Authorizing the state to contribute money, property, and

other resources for the establishment, maintenance, and

operation of veterans’ hospitals in this state.

Amendment No. 9 (H.J.R. 102

Protecting the right of the public, individually and

collectively, to access and use the public beaches bordering

the seaward shore of the Gulf of Mexico.

Amendment No. 10 (H.J.R. 85)

Providing that elected members of the governing boards of

emergency services districts may serve terms not to exceed

four years.

Amendment No. 11 (H.J.R. 14, Article 1)

Prohibiting the taking, damaging, or destroying of

private property for public use unless the action is for the

ownership, use, and enjoyment of the property by the State,

a political subdivision of the State, the public at large, or

entities granted the power of eminent domain under law or

for the elimination of urban blight on a particular parcel

of property, but not for certain economic development or

enhancement of tax revenue purposes, and to limit the

Legislature’s authority to grant the power of eminent domain

to an entity.

For more information, call 713.627.0134 or email info@ellencohen.org.

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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