Eight Texas constitutional amendments are to appear on the ballot on November 2nd, 2021. Early Voting begins on Monday, October 18 and ends on Friday, October 29
What is on the bill: Authorizes professional sports team charitable organizations to conduct raffles at rodeo venues
What it means: This would allow charitable raffles to be conducted at rodeo events hosted or sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.
What is on the bill: Authorizes a county to issue bonds to fund infrastructure and transportation projects in undeveloped and blighted areas
What it means: This would allow a county to issue debt to finance transportation infrastructure, excluding toll roads, in underserved parts of the county.
What is on the bill: Amends the Texas Constitution to prohibit the state or any political subdivision from enacting a law, rule, order, or proclamation that limits religious services or organizations.
What it means: This would mean a governmental entity could not limit or prohibit religious services.
What is on the bill: Changes the eligibility requirements for the following judicial offices: a justice of the supreme court, a judge of the court of criminal appeals, a justice of a court of appeals, and a district judge.
What it means: This would require 10 years of experience as a practicing lawyer in the State of Texas or a practicing lawyer and judge of a state court or county court for a combined total of at least 10 years to be eligible to serve as Chief Justice or Justice of the Supreme Court of Texas.
What is on the bill: Authorizes the Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct to accept and investigate complaints and reports against candidates running for state judicial office.
What it means: Currently, the State Commission on Judicial Conduct may only handle complaints against existing judges. This amendment would extend the Commission’s authority to impose the same standards on all judicial candidates as it does for those who are already judges, therefore leveling the playing field and ensuring all candidates for judicial positions are treated equally.
What is on the bill: Amends the Texas Constitution to state that residents of nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, or state-supported living centers have a right to designate an essential caregiver that may not be prohibited from visiting the resident.
What it means: This amendment would guarantee residents of long-term care facilities (such as nursing homes) the right to designate someone as an essential caregiver. Though they may put certain guidelines in place, these facilities would not be allowed to prohibit residents from visiting with their designated caregivers, even in situations similar to Covid-19.
What is on the bill: Amends the Texas Constitution to allow the legislature to extend a homestead tax limit for surviving spouses of disabled individuals as long as the spouse is 55 years old and resides at the home.
What it means: This would allow the surviving spouse of a disabled person to retain the tax ceiling benefit.
What is on the bill: Amends the Texas Constitution to allow the legislature to apply a homestead tax exemption for surviving spouses of members of the military to those fatally injured in the line of duty.
What it means: This would allow the surviving spouse of a service member who is killed or fatally injured (rather than killed in action) to receive a property tax exemption.