Cohen Schedules Session on Constitutional Amendments
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
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
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
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
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.
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