Governor Abbott sets special election date over constitutional amendments

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AUSTIN, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) – Governor Greg Abbott issued a proclamation Monday, setting Nov. 2 as a special election day for eight proposed constitutional amendments in Texas. The included amendments range from banning the state from limiting religious services, the state changing eligibility requirements for judges, to allowing certain organizations to hold raffles at rodeo venues.

According to the Governor’s Office, the eight proposed amendments on the ballot are:

  • Proposition 1 –
    • The constitutional amendment authorizing the professional sports team charitable foundations of organizations sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association or the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association to conduct charitable raffles at rodeo venues.
  • Proposition 2 –
    • The constitutional amendment authorizing a county to finance the development or redevelopment of transportation or infrastructure in unproductive, underdeveloped, or blighted areas in the county.
  • Proposition 3 –
    • The constitutional amendment to prohibit this state or a political subdivision of this state from prohibiting or limiting religious services of religious organizations.
  • Proposition 4 –
    • The constitutional amendment changing the eligibility requirements for 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.
  • Proposition 5 –
    • The constitutional amendment providing additional powers to the State Commission on Judicial Conduct with respect to candidates for judicial office.
  • Proposition 6 –
    • The constitutional amendment establishing a right for residents of certain facilities to designate an essential caregiver for in-person visitation.
  • Proposition 7 –
    • The constitutional amendment to allow the surviving spouse of a person who is disabled to receive a limitation on the school district ad valorem taxes on the spouse’s residence homestead if the spouse is 55 years of age or older at the time of the person’s death.
  • Proposition 8 –
    • 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 member of the armed services of the United States who is killed or fatally injured in the line of duty.

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