Final five amendments listed for Nov. 5 ballot
Ted Hubert

Usually ballots with only propositions to amend the Texas Constitution, like then one coming up Nov. 5, result in a low turnout. Special interest groups lobby legislators to get some issue placed of the ballot. How and why did it get on the ballot? Who does it benefit? Are the drivers of this legislation lobbyist, or special interest groups?

It is the voters responsibility ,to research the purpose behind each of these nine (9) propositions.

You were given the first four last week. here are the other five:

No. 5 is “ The constitutional amendment to authorize the making of a reverse mortgage loan for the purchase of homestead property and to amend lender disclosures and other requirements.”

Does this protect the elderly making application for the loan or the lender ( large financial institutions ) purchasing the homestead at 2/3 its appraised value? You decide.

No. 6 reads: “The constitutional amendment providing for the creation of state water implementation fund for Texas to assist in the financing of priority projects in the state water plan to insure the availability of adequate water resources.”

Realistically planning for plenty of water in the future is something every citizen should examine and vote your conscience next month.

No. 7 is “ The constitutional amendment authorizing a homerule municipality to provide in its charter the procedure to fill a vacancy on its governing body for which the unexpired term is12 months or less.”

Your homework is to find out what a home-rule municipality is?

No. 8 reds: “The constitutional amendment repealing section 7, Article IX, Texas constitution, which relates to the creation of a hospital district in Hidalgo County” It sounds as if plans to build the hospital in Hidalgo County failed.

No. 9 is “ The constitutional amendment relating to expanding the types of sanctions that may be assessed against a judge or justice following a formal proceeding instituted by the state commission on judicial conduct.”

Is this a good idea or should there be some limits on these expansions?

You are permitted to carry notes you have made for yourself inside the voting booth.

MEETING—Milam County TRIAD membership meeting was Thursday,at Rising Star Baptist Church.

Ted Hubert, Chairman opened the meeting. Rockdale Chief of Police Thomas Harris gave the welcome.

L.C. Richards, of the Rising Star Baptist Church gave the invocation. Jamie Larson gave the background on the American Creed prior to reading the creed to all attendees.

Susan Larson led the pledges to the American flag and the oath to the Texas State flag.

Earl Whitmore introduced members of the MCT’s S.A.L.T. Council, Law enforcement officers present, and read the MCT Entities.

Cameron Police Chief Randy Dixon presented the program for staying safe in Milam County.

The program concluded with closing remarks from Chief Deputy, Chris White of Milam County Sheriff’s Department.

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