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Constitutional Amendment Election, November 2017

On November 7, 2017, voters will have a chance to consider seven constitutional amendments proposed by the 85th Legislature. The proposed amendments cover a wide range of topics, including property taxes, raffles, home equity loan provisions, and more.

 

For background and analysis of the ballot propositions, see the House Research Organization's Constitutional Amendments Proposed for November 2017 Ballot, and the Texas Legislative Council's Analyses of Proposed Constitutional Amendments.

 

The Texas Constitution is one of the longest in the nation, at an estimated 86,936 words (The Book of the States, vol. 49). The Constitution is changed through amendments, which are proposed by the Texas Legislature and accepted or rejected by the voters. Since the current Texas Constitution was adopted in 1876, 491 amendments have been passed.  

 

Amendments Proposed for the November 7, 2017 ballot by the 85th Legislature

HJR 21 Prop. 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.  
SJR 60 Prop. 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.  
SJR 34 Prop. 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.  
SJR 6 Prop. 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.  
HJR 100 Prop. 5 The constitutional amendment on professional sports team charitable foundations conducting charitable raffles.  
SJR 1 Prop. 6 The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for an exemption from ad valorem taxation of all or part of the market value of the residence homestead of the surviving spouse of a first responder who is killed or fatally injured in the line of duty.  
HJR 37 Prop. 7 The constitutional amendment relating to legislative authority to permit credit unions and other financial institutions to award prizes by lot to promote savings.  

Sunset Commission Report, 2016-2017

The Sunset Commission’s last report of the 2016-2017 cycle, Final Results of Sunset Reviews, is now available on the Sunset Advisory Commission's website

 

A diagram of how the Sunset process works is available via the Sunset Advisory Commission's websiteClick here to see a list of the agencies under review for the 2018-2019 cycle. 

 

 

Cover image by Flickr user Nathan Eaton Jr.

Bill Effective Dates, 85th Legislature

The Library has updated its effective dates for bills page for the 85th Legislature to include the 12 bills passed in the 85th 1st C.S. A few of those bills went into effect immediately; others will take effect throughout the remainder of 2017 and into later years.

 

On September 1, 2017, provisions of 673 bills passed during the regular session of the 85th Legislature will take effect.

 

Additionally, sections of bills passed during the 84th Legislature83rd Legislature, and 82nd 1st C.S. will take effect on September 1.

 

To keep up with new laws throughout the year, check the Library's list of bill effective dates.

 

Final Bill Statistics, 85th 1st C.S.

The Governor signed all of the bills that were sent to his desk. See how the numbers shaped up for this special session.

 

  House Bills (HB) & Joint Resolutions (HJR) Senate Bills (SB) & Joint Resolutions (SJR)
Filed  428 132
Reported out of committee 83 22
Passed by chamber of origin 33 21
Referred to committee in opposite chamber 11 12
Reported out of committee in opposite chamber 7 11
Passed opposite chamber 6 7
Sent to the Governor (bills only) 6 6
Signed by the Governor (bills only) 6 6

 

  • View recent blog posts to see how these statistics have changed over the past few weeks and for more information about the legislative process.
  • These bills have not yet been assigned session law chapters. To learn more about session law chapter numbers and copies of signed bills, please read our blog post from June 5.

 

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Bill Statistics, August 14

These statistics were pulled on August 14 at 8:30 a.m. The numbers will continue to change as the special session progresses. 

 

  House Bills (HB) & Joint Resolutions (HJR) Senate Bills (SB) & Joint Resolutions (SJR)
Filed  427 132
Reported out of committee 83 22
Passed by chamber of origin 33 21
Referred to committee in opposite chamber 11 12
Reported out of committee in opposite chamber 7 11
Passed opposite chamber 3 5
Sent to the Governor (bills only) 1 3
Signed by the Governor (bills only) 0 3

 

Bill Statistics, August 7

These statistics were pulled on August 7 at 1:30 p.m. The numbers will continue to change as the special session progresses. 

 

  House Bills (HB) & Joint Resolutions (HJR) Senate Bills (SB) & Joint Resolutions (SJR)
Filed  417 129
Reported out of committee 73 22
Passed by chamber of origin 23 20
Referred to committee in opposite chamber 4 10
Reported out of committee in opposite chamber 0 4
Passed opposite chamber 0 0
Sent to the Governor (bills only) 0 0
Signed by the Governor (bills only) 0 0

 

Bill Statistics, July 24

 

 

Bill statistics for the period of July 10, 2017 - July 23, 2017 are provided below. 

 

  House Bills (HB) & Joint Resolutions (HJR) Senate Bills (SB) & Joint Resolutions (SJR)
Filed  293 113
Reported out of committee 1 18
Passed by chamber of origin 0 2
Referred to committee in opposite chamber 0 0
Reported out of committee in opposite chamber 0 0
Passed opposite chamber 0 0
Sent to the Governor (bills only) 0 0
Signed by the Governor (bills only) 0 0

 

For more information about special sessions, visit our Special Sessions of the Texas Legislature page.

Research Minute: Special Session

Looking for detailed information on special session? The LRL website's section on Special Sessions and Years includes links to official proclamations and session topics assigned by the Governor for the current special session and select historical special sessions. If you are accessing this page from within the Capitol Complex, you can also view articles from our clippings database concerning special session.

 

Furthermore, you can stay up-to-date on laws and rules governing special session by visiting the Statutory Authority Pertaining to Special Sessions section. This page has annotated links to articles in the Texas Constitution and Texas Statutes. Other available resources include links to relevant Attorney General opinions, House and Senate rules, and answers to frequently asked questions. 

 

Bill Effective Dates, 85th Legislature

On September 1, 2017, provisions of 673 bills passed during the regular session of the 85th Legislature will take effect.

 

Additionally, sections of bills passed during the 84th Legislature83rd Legislature, and 82nd 1st C.S. will take effect on September 1.

 

To keep up with new laws throughout the year, check the Library's list of bill effective dates.

 

Bill Statistics End-of-Session Comparison

Interested in how the final results of the 85th Legislature's regular session compares to the past few sessions? Use the charts below to compare and contrast.

 

To see past bill statistics and other session information, see previous blog posts on the legislative process.

 

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