Prop 5 would make it easier for seniors to nance new home
purchases while enshrining protections for homebuyers:all reverse mortgages would be regulated and overseen by
the federal government through HUD, nancial counseling
must be completed before the mortgage is closed, and a
notication of all the terms of the mortgage must be given to
the borrower 12 days prior to the start of the loan.In the last sixteen years, Texans have amended this particular
section of the state constitution four times. The fth time
should be for Prop 5, which creates a new, helpful option forseniors wanting to purchase a home.
Ofcial Text: The constitutional amendment providingfor the creation of the State Water Implementation Fundfor Texas and the State Water Implementation RevenueFund for Texas to assist in the nancing of priorityprojects in the state water plan to ensure the availabilityof adequate water resources.
The most important thing Texans can do to help alleviate the
horric drought conditions in our state is to conserve more
water. Reducing water use for lawns, showers, dishwashing,and laundry are individual challenges we should accept.Developing and investing in energy resources that use lesswater – like wind and solar – are statewide challenges we
should push elected ofcials to embrace. Conservation is the
best way to reduce the harmful impacts of the Texas drought.On Election Day, there is a little more voters can do: supportProp 6 because it is an essential investment in the future of Texas. Prop 6 creates two investment funds for the state’swater plan, allowing a one-time state investment in statedollars to go towards a revolving loan program for localgovernments. Prop 6 will draw down $2 billion from thestate’s Rainy Day Fund for the investment.Conservatives in charge of the Texas Legislature should bemaking equal if not greater investments in education, healthcare, and transportation. As we wait for those issues to cometo the ballot, however, voters should pass Prop 6 and helpalleviate drought conditions in the state.
Ofcial Text: The constitutional amendment authorizinga home-rule municipality to provide in its charter theprocedure to ll a vacancy on its governing body for which the unexpired term is 12 months or less.
Prop 7 allows local voters to decide how a vacancy for a
city council seat in their community should be lled – either
by a special election or by an appointment. Most localcommunities host an election; however, there are concerns
about the cost of an election that would only ll a seat for 12
months or less. Another option, which Prop 7 proposes andwould have to be approved by local voters, would be for the
seat to be lled by an appointment.
While we do not believe appointments should replaceelections, the issue is ultimately a local one and individuals inthe community should be able to make the decision for whatworks best for their area.
Ofcial Text: The constitutional amendment repealingSection 7, Article IX, Texas Constitution, which relates tothe creation of a hospital district in Hidalgo County.
Prop 8 xes an outdated section of the Texas Constitution so
that Hidalgo County, in the Rio Grande Valley, can affordablycreate a hospital district. Currently, most counties in Texascan tax up to $0.75 per $100 of taxable property in order tocollect money for a hospital district. Hidalgo County is maxed
out at $0.10 per $100. Local ofcials throughout Hidalgo
County support Prop 8 because it allows them to ask fora slight increase in local taxes in order to support a much-needed hospital district in their community.
Ofcial Text: The constitutional amendment relating toexpanding the types of sanctions that may be assessedagainst a judge or justice following a formal proceedinginstituted by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct.
Judges should be held accountable for their misconduct.Once a formal hearing of judicial misconduct begins, a judgecan only get a private slap on the wrist. Prop 9 expands theconsequences to sanction the judge with public admonition,warning, reprimand, and/or require the judge or justice toobtain training or education.
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