Tuesday is final day for say in beverage ordinances, propositions

 

Two alcohol options are up for approval or denial on Tuesday for residents in three Uvalde County precincts, while all residents can vote yes or no on seven proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution.

City of Sabinal residents can vote to approve or deny the sale of all alcoholic beverages, including mixed drinks, within the city limits. (This election is limited to residents within the city of Sabinal and does not include all of Precinct 2.)

Precincts 3 and 4 (Utopia and Concan, respectively) residents have the option of approving or denying the legal sale of beer and wine.

There are seven proposed amendments involving property taxes, office terms, lawsuits and relaxing some lottery guidelines to the Texas Constitution.

Within Uvalde County, 16,826 residents are registered to vote.

How to vote

Voters should show either a Texas driver’s license, Texas election identification certificate, Texas personal identification card or Texas handgun license, all issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety; or a United States military identification card containing the person’s photograph, United States citizenship certificate containing the person’s photograph, or a United States passport.

If the voter does not have a photo identification and is unable to obtain one, support forms of identification include a valid voter registration certificate, certified and original birth certificate, current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or original government documents with a name and address.

Polling sites

On Tuesday, election day, all polling sites will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

For Uvalde-area precincts 1, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, and 13, registered voters may vote at the Willie De Leon Civic Center.

Voters in Precinct 2, Sabinal, will vote at the Sabinal Public Library; Precinct 3, Utopia, Utopia Senior Center; Precinct 4, Concan, Concan Community Building; Precinct 6, Montell, Montell Community Building; Precinct 11, Knippa, Emmanuel Lutheran Church; and Precinct 14, Reagan Wells, Heard School.

Propositions

Proposition 1: HJR 21 proposes a constitutional amendment that would permit the Texas legislature to expand the circumstances under which a partially disabled veteran or their spouse may qualify for an exemption from ad valorem taxation of part of the market value of the veteran’s residence homestead. The amendment would allow the Texas legislature to provide that the exemption also may be taken when the residence homestead was donated, sold, or transferred to the disabled veteran by a charitable organization for less than the market value of the residence homestead.

Proposition 2: SJR 60 proposes a constitutional amendment to require that certain conditions be met for the refinancing of a home equity loan to be secured by a voluntary lien on a homestead. The amendment also would: redefine what is excluded in the calculation of the cap on fees associated with a home equity loan, lower the cap from 3 percent to 2 percent of the original principal amount of the extension of credit, and specify that such fees are in addition to any bona fide discount points used to buy down the interest rate.

Proposition 3: SJR 34 proposes a constitutional amendment that would prevent certain office holders from serving indefinitely beyond the expiration of their term. Office holders who are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate and receive no salary would only be able to serve until the last day of the first regular session of the Texas legislature that begins after their term expires.

Proposition 4: SJR 6 proposes a constitutional amendment that would allow the Texas legislature to require any court that is hearing a challenge to the constitutionality of a state statute to notify the attorney general of that challenge. Additionally, the amendment would allow the Texas legislature to set a period of not more than 45 days following the notification to the attorney general that the court must wait before rendering a judgment that a state statute is unconstitutional.

Proposition 5: HJR 100 proposes a constitutional amendment to provide a more detailed definition of “professional sports team” for purposes of their charitable foundations, which the Texas legislature may permit to hold charitable raffles.

Proposition 6: SJR 1 proposes a constitutional amendment that would allow the Texas legislature by general law to provide that a surviving spouse of a first responder who is killed or fatally injured in the line of duty is entitled to receive an exemption from ad valorem taxation from all or part of the market value on the surviving spouse’s residence homestead, as long as the surviving spouse has not remarried since the death of the first responder.

Proposition 7: HJR 37 proposes a constitutional amendment that would allow the Texas legislature to make an exception to the law regarding the award of certain prizes.

The proposed amendment would make an exception to this general rule to allow the Texas legislature to authorize credit unions and other financial institutions to institute programs which, in order to encourage savings, would award prizes based on luck or chance to the credit union’s or financial institution’s customers.

 

(Photo courtesy Erik Hersman on Flickr.)

 


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