An Update from Your NFIB/Texas Executive Director: Will Newton

Date: October 13, 2015

NFIB Texas Members:

As you know, the Texas Legislature met in Austin for the 84th time during the first half of this year and enacted many new laws that may or may not have an impact on your life, community, and the way you operate your business. Apart from new laws, passed by a majority in the House of Representatives and state Senate, signed by the governor, and implemented by one or more of our state agencies is another form of lawmaking – Constitutional Amendments.

Texas is unique in many ways and one way is that we use our state constitution much like other state’s use their state statutes. According to the Texas Legislative Council, the bill drafting division of the Texas Legislature, since 1876 and up to November 5, 2013 the Texas Constitution has been amended 483 times. On November 3, 2015, you will have the opportunity to vote for or against seven new amendments to the Texas Constitution.

Chief among these amendments include Amendment 1, which proposes to increase the homeowners exemption for your property taxes from $15,000 to $25,000 among other things, and Amendment 7 that will dedicate certain sales and use tax revenue and motor vehicle sales, use, and rental tax revenue to the state highway fund to provide funding for non-tolled roads.

Please read up on all the constitutional amendments on the November ballot so that you can be in the know on the issues and then GO VOTE!

Click here to see the original document, drafted in 1876, through the University of Texas Tarlton Law Library.

Will Newton
Executive Director

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