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7 Texas constitutional amendments up for vote

Early voting begins Monday

BROWNWOOD, Texas - Early voting begins next week in Texas and seven constitutional amendments are listed on this year's ballot.

Proposition six was championed by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick after last year's Dallas shooting that killed five officers. It would give a property tax exemption for surviving spouses of first responders killed in the line of duty.

Ashlee Hardy is part of Texas Concerns of Police Survivors and she's a supporter of the proposition.

"I can tell you as a law enforcement survivor, my husband was killed in 2007," Hardy said. "I worried about how was I going to pay my bills. I worried, 'How was I going to put a roof over my kid's head and take care of things?'"

Hardy said her husband was killed while working for the Plano Police Department. She said this amendment would ease the burden of those who've lost their first responder spouses.

Below are the other propositions listed on the ballot that people around the Lone Star State can vote for starting on Monday:

Proposition 1

"The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for an exemption from ad valorem taxation of part of the market value of the residence homestead of a partially disabled veteran or the surviving spouse of a partially disabled veteran if the residence homestead was donated to the disabled veteran by a charitable organization for less than the market value of the residence homestead and harmonizing certain related provisions of the Texas Constitution."

Proposition 2

"The constitutional amendment to establish a lower amount for expenses that can be charged to a borrower and removing certain financing expense limitations for a home equity loan, establishing certain authorized lenders to make a home equity loan, changing certain options for the refinancing of home equity loans, changing the threshold for an advance of a home equity line of credit, and allowing home equity loans on agricultural homesteads."

Proposition 3

"The constitutional amendment limiting the service of certain officeholders appointed by the governor and confirmed by the senate after the expiration of the person's term of office."

Proposition 4

"The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to require a court to provide notice to the attorney general of a challenge to the constitutionality of a state statute and authorizing the legislature to prescribe a waiting period before the court may enter a judgment holding the statute unconstitutional."

Proposition 5

"The constitutional amendment on professional sports team charitable foundations conducting charitable raffles."

Proposition 7

"The constitutional amendment relating to legislative authority to permit credit unions and other financial institutions to award prizes by lot to promote savings."


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