A Guide to the 2011 Constitutional Amendments
Part 2 of 2, Covering Propositions 6-10
Austin, Texas—In part one of this two part series, I discussed two features of our state's constitution, its size and uniqueness. Size was highlighted because our constitution is one of the largest such documents in all of the 50 states, and uniqueness because our constitution differs from nearly all other state constitutions in that only those powers expressly granted in it are available to government.
Given that the Texas Constitution was designed to be very restrictive, it is no surprise that it has so often been revisited to keep pace with the tremendous advancements in business and technology. Undoubtedly,
the Texas Constitution will continue to be a living document in response to the dynamic needs of our state.
As a part of that dynamic change, on November 8th of this year, Texas voters will have the opportunity to vote for or against each of ten proposed constitutional amendments approved by the 82nd Texas Legislature to be put before the people of Texas. Early voting begins on October 24th, and I strongly encourage every Texas voter to take the time to review the amendments and then to go to the polls and express their will.
The descriptions below, covering Propositions 6-10, follow my previous description of Propositions 1-5. If you missed that column or would like additional information about anything you read below, please do not hesitate to call upon me or my staff for assistance.
Proposition 6: House Joint Resolution 109
The constitutional amendment clarifying references to the permanent school fund, allowing the General Land Office to distribute revenue from permanent school fund land or other properties to the available school fund to provide additional funding for public education, and providing for an increase in the market value of the permanent school fund for the purpose of allowing increased distributions from the available school fund.
Proposition 7: Senate Joint Resolution 28
The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to permit conservation and reclamation districts in El Paso County to issue bonds supported by ad valorem taxes to fund the development and maintenance of parks and recreational facilities.
Proposition 8: Senate Joint Resolution 16
The constitutional amendment providing for the appraisal for ad valorem tax purposes of open-space land devoted to water-stewardship purposes on the basis of its productive capacity.
Proposition 9: Senate Joint Resolution 9
The constitutional amendment authorizing the governor to grant a pardon to a person who successfully completes a term of deferred adjudication community supervision.
Proposition 10: Senate Joint Resolution 37
The constitutional amendment to change the length of the unexpired term that causes the automatic resignation of certain elected county or district officeholders if they become candidates for another office.
Senator Hegar served two terms in the Texas House of Representatives and now represents Senate District 18 in the Texas Senate. He is a sixth generation Texan, and earns a living farming land that has been in his family since the mid 1800's. He currently resides in Katy, Texas with his wife Dara, and their three children, Claire, Julia, and Jonah.