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PUBLIC NOTICE
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 circumstances under which a
partially disabled veteran or their
spouse may qualify for an exemption from ad valorem taxation of
part of the market value of the
veteran’s residence homestead.
Currently, the Texas legislature
may provide that a partially disabled veteran or their spouse is
entitled to an exemption 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 disabled
veteran by a charitable organization 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 organization 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
appear on the ballot as follows:
“The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide 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 donated to the disabled veteran
by a charitable organization
for less than the market value
of the residence homestead and
harmonizing 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
refinancing 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 specify 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
acquire home equity loans, and
update technical terminology
in the Texas Constitution. The
amendment would be effective
on January 1, 2018, and applicable only to a home equity loan
made or refinanced on or after
that date.
The
proposed
amendment
would appear 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 lenders
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 Texas 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 challenging
the constitutionality of such statute. Additionally, the amendment
would allow the Texas legislature
to set a period of not more than
45 days following the notification
to the attorney general that the
court must wait before rendering
a judgment 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 challenge to the
constitutionality of a state statute and authorizing the legislature to prescribe a waiting period before the court may enter
a judgment holding the statute
unconstitutional.”
Proposition Number 5
(HJR 100)
HJR 100 proposes a constitutional amendment to provide a more
detailed definition of “professional sports team” for purposes
of their charitable foundations,
which the Texas legislature may
permit to hold charitable raffles.
The amendment also deletes a
requirement that an eligible professional sports team charitable
foundation permitted by the Texas legislature to hold charitable
raffles had to be in existence on
January 1, 2016.
The proposed amendment will
appear on the ballot as follows:
“The constitutional amendment on professional sports
team charitable 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 surviving spouse
has not remarried since the death
of the first responder. It would
also allow the Texas legislature
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 valorem taxation of the
different homestead 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 surviving 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 exception 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
other financial institutions to institute programs which, in order to
encourage savings, would award
prizes based on luck or chance to
the credit union’s or financial institution’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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