On Tuesday, Texas voters approved eight constitutional amendments by varying margins, including allowing charitable rodeos at professional rodeos, but the results didn't always align here in Kerr County.
County voters approved seven of the eight amendments, voting against Prop. 2, which allows counties to authorize bonds for infrastructure and transportation projects in what it determines as blighted and underdeveloped areas.
Prop. 2 earned opposition from the state's Republican Party and other anti-tax groups. However, voters passed this by a wide margin. Here's a breakdown of how Kerr County voted compared to the rest of the state:
What the law does: Authorizing the professional sports team charitable foundations of organizations sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association or the Women's Professional Rodeo Association to conduct charitable raffles at rodeo venues."
- How Texas voted: For, 83%-16%
- How Kerr County voted: For, 83%-16%
What the law does: Authorizes counties to issue bonds or notes to raise funds for transportation and infrastructure in unproductive, blighted or underdeveloped areas. Cities and towns already have the authority to fund projects with this financing method.
- How Texas voted: For, 63%-36%
- How Kerr County voted: Against, 59%-40%
What the law does: Prohibit this state or a political subdivision of this state from prohibiting or limiting religious services of religious organizations.
- How Texas voted: For, 62%-37%
- How Kerr County voted: For, 76%-23%
What the law does: The proposed amendment requires those to serve on the Supreme Court is licensed to practice law in Texas; is a resident of Texas at the time of election; has been either a practicing lawyer licensed in Texas for at least 10 years or a practicing lawyer licensed in Texas and a judge of a state court or county court established by the legislature for a combined total of at least ten years; and during that time has not had the person's license to practice law revoked, suspended, or subject to a probated suspension.
- How Texas voted: For, 58%-41%
- How Kerr County voted: For, 51%-48%
What the law does: Allows the State Commission on Judicial Conduct to accept complaints or reports, conduct investigations, and take any other authorized action with respect to a candidate for a state judicial office. Currently, the Texas Constitution only permits the SCJC to take such actions as to persons holding a judicial office.
- How Texas voted: For, 59%-23%
- How Kerr County voted: For, 53%-46%
What the law does: Establishes a right for residents of certain facilities to designate an essential caregiver for in-person visitation.
- How Texas voted: For, 87%-12%
- How Kerr County voted: For, 89%-10%
What the law does: Allows the surviving spouse of a person who is disabled to receive a limitation on the school district ad valorem taxes on the spouse's residence homestead if the spouse is 55 years of age or older at the time of the person's death.
- How Texas voted: For, 87%-12%
- How Kerr County voted: For, 87%-12%
What the law does: Authorizes 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 member of the armed services of the United States who is killed or fatally injured in the line of duty.
- How Texas voted: For ,87%-12%
- How Kerr County voted: For, 88%-11%