I've spent a lot of time talking about Proposition 2, the Double Secret Illegal Anti-Gay Marriage Amendment, and the reasons why you should vote NO on it. There are eight other amendments on the ballot this year as well, and so far I've not seen a whole lot of discussion about any of them.
The main exceptions are Props 1 and 9. Here's the ballot language and brief explanation from the Secretary of State:
Prop. 1 HJR 54 McClendon - Staples
"The constitutional amendment creating the Texas rail relocation and improvement fund and authorizing grants of money and issuance of obligations for financing the relocation, rehabilitation, and expansion of rail facilities."
HJR 54 would create a Texas rail relocation and improvement fund in the state treasury and would authorize grants of state revenue and issuance of public debt to relocate, rehabilitate, and expand privately and publicly owned passenger and freight rail facilities and to construct railroad underpasses and overpasses.
Prop. 9 HJR 79 Krusee - Staples
"The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for a six-year term for a board member of a regional mobility authority."
HJR 79 would authorize the Legislature to provide staggered six year terms of office for board members serving on regional mobility authorities, with no more than one-third of the board positions being appointed every two years.
Most of the rest are so vague that without doing a load of research I can't tell what kind of an effect they might have. For example, Proposition 5:
Prop. 5 SJR 21 Averitt - Flynn
"The constitutional amendment allowing the legislature to define rates of interest for commercial loans."
SJR 21 would authorize the Legislature to exempt commercial loans from state usury laws that set maximum interest rates. "Commercial loans" are loans made primarily for business, commercial, investment, agricultural, or similar purposes and not primarily for personal, family, or household purposes.
Prop 7 ("The constitutional amendment authorizing line-of-credit advances under a reverse mortgage.") had Scott Hochberg as its House sponsor, so I feel pretty good about supporting it. Beyond that, who knows? And of course, it wouldn't be an AmendmentFest if we weren't contemplating the addition of something like Prop 8 to our overbloated State Constitution:
Prop. 8 SJR 40 Eltife - Hughes
"The constitutional amendment providing for the clearing of land titles by relinquishing and releasing any state claim to sovereign ownership or title to interest in certain land in Upshur County and in Smith County."
SJR 40 would clear individual land titles by relinquishing and releasing all claims of state ownership interests, including mineral interests, in two local areas, namely, a roughly 4,600 acre area located roughly 14 miles southeast of Gilmer, Texas, and a separate 900 acre area located north of Tyler, Texas.