Texas 2019 Contstitional Amendments results are in. Voters approved nine out of ten Texas 2019 Constitutional Amemdnemts to the state constitution. that would make it harder to enact a state income tax, stabilize funding for state parks and allow retired law enforcement animals to be adopted by their handlers received wide support from voters Tuesday.
The only item on the ballot that didn’t pass was Proposition 1, which would permit elected municipal court judges to serve multiple municipalities at the same times.
Supporters of one of the most contentious issues on the ballot — Proposition 4 — proclaimed victory within hours of the polls closing, with about three fourths of voters supporting the proposal in early voting returns. The proposition authored by state Rep. Jeff Leach, R-Plano, and state Sen. Pat Fallon, R-Prosper, eliminates the possibility of Texas imposing an income tax unless the state changes its constitution again.
Proposition 1: Rejected
For 566,397 votes Against 1,078,185 votes
Allowing selected municipal court judges to serve multiple municipalities at the same time. Currently, only appointed municipal court judges — who make up more than 95% of the state’s municipal court judges, according to the House Research Organization — can serve multiple jurisdictions at the same time.
Proposition 2: Approved
For 1,051,434 votes Against 582,565 votes
Proposition 3: Approved
For 1,395,617 votes Against 239,460 votes
Allowing the Legislature to create temporary property tax exemptions for people with property damage in governor-declared disaster areas. The Legislature would be able to pass laws determining the eligibility requirements for exemptions, as well as the duration and amount of any write-offs.
Proposition 4: Approved
For 1,254,393 votes Against 392,077 votes
Making it more challenging for future lawmakers to enact a personal income tax, requiring support from two-thirds – instead of a simple majority – of the House and Senate and a majority of Texas voters. Read more.
Proposition 5: Approved
For 1,445,477 votes Against 198,088 votes
Earmarking all revenue from the sporting goods sales tax toward the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Texas Historical Commission, as intended when the tax was created in 1993. Read more.
Proposition 6: Approved
For 1,031,358 votes Against 599,587 votes
Allowing the Legislature to double the maximum amount of bonds it can issue on behalf of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, to $6 billion. Read more.
Proposition 7: Approved
For 1,193,601 votes Against 438,823 votes
Allowing the General Land Office, the State Board of Education and other entities to double the amount of revenue they can give to the Available School Fund each year. The Available School Fund provides classroom materials and funding for Texas schools.
Proposition 8: Approved
For 1,251,739 votes Against 384,859 votes
Creating a flood infrastructure fund that the Texas Water Development Board could use to finance drainage, flood mitigation, and flood control projects after a disaster.
Proposition 9: Approved
For 833,561 votes Against 748,286 votes
Allowing the Legislature to create a property tax exemption for precious metals in state depositories — like the Texas Bullion Depository, scheduled to open next year in Leander.
Proposition 10: Approved
For 1,543,602 votes Against 99,376 votes
Allowing for former handlers or qualified caretakers to adopt retired law enforcement animals without a fee. Read more.
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