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Republican Positions on the 2019 Texas Amendments

Of course, we must be fair and impartial, offering equal support for all of our excellent candidates who run for office.

The 2019 Election is an issues election.
On the ballot are Amendments to the Texas Constitution. In this case, we are free to share our positions on these issues.


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From County Chair Fernando Garcia:
"I have received several requests to comment on the constitutional election on November 5th. I asked our Vice Chair Marco Antonio Fuentes to research the amendments since he was working for State Senator Pat Fallon (R) SD-30 when these amendments passed the legislature. Below is our opinion on each one.
This is for reference and you are free to vote however you wish!"
Fernando

The election will be held November 5th 2019 Click here for early voting and location info.

Proposition 1 - NO

The constitutional amendment permitting a person to hold more than one office as a municipal judge at the same time.  

This amendment was written vaguely to disguise its intent. The amendment does not clarify between elected and appointed municipal court judges. Currently you can only hold one elected office at a time. This amendment would allow a person to run for municipal judge in two different municipalities.
In our opinion this is a NO vote.


Proposition 2 - YES

The constitutional amendment providing for the issuance of additional general obligation bonds by the Texas Water Development Board in an amount not to exceed $200 million to provide financial assistance for the development of certain projects in economically distressed areas.  

The amendment was written very clearly and is meant to keep the Economically Distressed Areas Program from issuing more than 200 million in bonds.
This would be a YES vote.


Proposition 3 - YES

The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for a temporary exemption from ad valorem taxation of a portion of the appraised value of certain property damaged by a disaster.  

This amendment would allow the legislature to allow local tax units to provide property tax exemptions in areas after a natural disaster.
This would be a YES vote.


Proposition 4 - YES

The constitutional amendment prohibiting the imposition of an individual income tax, including a tax on an individual’s share of partnership and unincorporated association income.  

This amendment would prohibit the state from imposing an income tax.
This is a definite YES.


Proposition 5 - YES

The constitutional amendment dedicating the revenue received from the existing state sales and use taxes that are imposed on sporting goods to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Texas Historical Commission to protect Texas’ natural areas, water quality, and history by acquiring, managing, and improving state and local parks and historic sites while not increasing the rate of the state sales and use taxes.  

The current law has the legislature allocate funds to TPWD and the THC. This amendment would requare a 2/3 vote in each chamber to reduce the amount of funding and would prevent them from reducing funding by more than 50%.
This would be a YES vote.


Proposition 6 - YES

The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to increase by $3 billion the maximum bond amount authorized for the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.

The CPRIT was created in 2009 and this amendment would allow it to increase the maximum amount of bonds it can issue from 3 billion to 6 billion. And the state could only issue 300 million in bonds per year.
This would be a YES vote.


Proposition 7 - See Explainations Below*

The constitutional amendment allowing increased distributions to the available school fund.

This amendment is worded in a vague manner to disguise the manner and size of the increase in avaliable school funds. This amendment would increase the funding from the General Land Office to the available school fund from 300 million to 600 million. This amendment would also allow the State Board of Education to send the available school fund up to $600 million. This amendment would quadruple the money sent to the available school fund from 300 million to 1.2 billion.
*If you think this is good vote YES.
*If you think this is a boondoggle and is just more sugar for the Legislature to spread around each budget year then vote NO.


Proposition 8 - YES

The constitutional amendment providing for the creation of the flood infrastructure fund to assist in the financing of drainage, flood mitigation, and flood control projects.

The Texas Water Development Board would be allowed to use the fund to projects regarding flood drainage, mitigation and control. The fund would use appropriations, issue bonds and generate interest on loans to operate.
This would be a YES vote.


Proposition 9 - YES

The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to exempt from ad valorem taxation precious metal held in a precious metal depository located in this state.

Currently personal property is exempt from ad valorem taxation and this would be extended to any precious metal you own that is not in your possession but in a secure depository.
This would be a YES vote.


Proposition 10 - YES

The constitutional amendment to allow the transfer of a law enforcement animal to a qualified caretaker in certain circumstances.

Currently law enforcement animals are considered surplus property when they retire. This amendment would allow the transfer to the animals handler or other qualified person.
This would be a YES vote.

 
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