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Texas votes on 14 amendments, November ballot

Texas votes on 14 amendments, November ballot

By Basil Gist

Staff Writer

Proposition 8, written by Republican Representative Trent Ashby, would create a Broadband Infrastructure Fund financed by money from state legislature, gifts, grands and investment earnings, and its appropriated funds would not count toward the states’ appropriation limits.

“This represents a historic investment in connectivity infrastructure to meet the technological demands of the future,” Ashby said. “[It] reaffirms our belief that all Texans deserve access to affordable, reliable high-speed internet.”

The proposition sports a long list of supporters including AT&T, Verizon, Texas Broadband Now and Comcast and has one listed disinter in Texas for Liberty.

Proposition 9 concerns a cost-of-living adjustment for retired teachers to be paid from the general fund. It received no dissenting votes from either the state or house on either side.

Texas votes on 14 amendments, November ballot

“Texas retired educators have given so much for our students and for the future of Texas,” Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said. “It is only right that the state help give back to them.”

Proposition 10 is a possible tax exemption for person medical property. The measure includes devices, therapeutics, pharmaceuticals, personal protective equipment, tools, implants, instruments and apparatuses.

Authored by Republican Senator Joan Huffman and supported by Texas Healthcare and Bioscience Institute, Greater Houston Partnership and Texas Medical Center, the proposition received an 83.9% approval at both the Senate and House.

Proposition 11 is a reapplication of a similar measure presented in 2011 allowing El Paso County to issue bonds to fund parks and recreational facilities and levy property taxes to repay bonds.

Authored by Democratic Representative Joseph Moody and supported by El Paso Water, the proposition would have El Paso County join Bexar, Bastrop, Waller, Galveston, Brazoria and others as counties with this ability.

It received exclusively Republican opposition at both House and Senate with three and 34 individuals dissenting.

Proposition 12 would see the office of county treasurer in Galveston abolished at the request of 2022 Treasurer Electee Hank Dugie. Fellow Galveston Country Treasurer Gayla Hawkins opposes the bill.

Several other counties have followed this process previously, including Andrew, Bee, Bexar, Collin and El Paso.

Texas votes on 14 amendments, November ballot

Proposition 13 looks to raise the minimum and mandatory retirement ages of stage judges from 70 to 75 and from 75 to 79.

“Things have changed, people live longer now,” 108th District Court Judge Doug Woodburn said. “People stay healthy and are more capable now than they have been many years ago when that constitutional provision was originally written.”

Republican Representative Steve Toth opposes the proposition.

“The Judiciary has garnered more authority than our founders had ever anticipated,” Toth said. “Turnover is a good thing in government, especially in the Judiciary.”

Toth was joined by only four of his fellow representatives at the vote.

Proposition 14 would see a new fund created for state parks, which just reached their centennial year. The money would be a trust fund outside of the state treasury.

“The Centennial Parks Conservation Fund would provide dependable, long-term funding for new park acquisition that will protect the unique and natural cultural treasures of Texas,” Republican Senator Tan Parker said.

While the proposition has no cited opposition, 21 republican representatives and three senators said no to it during the vote.

A more detailed look at each proposition is available at Early voting begins Monday.

This is part two of a two-part report.

You can read the previous installment, published in the Oct.13 issue by clicking on image below.

Texas votes on 14 amendments, November ballot


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