October 2011 Newsletter
On Tuesday, November 8, voters will decide on 10 proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution. More than 450 changes have been approved since the original Constitution was adopted in 1876. Proposed constitutional amendments appear on the ballot on the same day other city officials and school board members are elected.
Proposed constitutional amendments go to the voters if they are first approved by two-thirds of the members of both the Texas House and the Texas Senate. The governor cannot veto a constitutional amendment. That right is left to the voters of the state.
While none of the propositions this year are controversial in nature, they are important. Propositions 2 and 3 would authorize the issues of additional state bonds for water development loans to local government agencies and for student loans. Also, Proposition 9 would allow the governor to grant pardons to a category of accused persons who are currently denied that opportunity.