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As they do each odd-numbered year, Texas voters will decide whether to amend the state constitution in a variety of ways proposed by the Legislature.

This year, eight constitutional amendments are slated to be on November’s statewide ballot.

In Texas, only the Legislature may initiate changes to the Constitution. According to Ballotpedia, state lawmakers filed more than 200 constitutional amendments this legislative session.

To be placed on the ballot for voters to consider, the proposed amendments had to be approved by at least two-thirds of lawmakers in each chamber of the Texas Legislature (100 votes in the House and 21 votes in the Senate).

Below are measures that made the cut. Two were filed in direct response to government restrictions imposed during the COVID-19 outbreak, two expand current homestead tax breaks, and two address judicial officeholders.

Prohibition on Limiting Religious Services [SJR 27]
State and local governments may not enact any rules that prohibit or limit religious services by religious organizations.

Right to Designated Essential Caregiver [SJR 19]
Residents of nursing, assisted living, and similar residential facilities have the right to designate an essential caregiver who may not be denied in-person visitation.

Homestead Tax Exemption for Surviving Military Spouses [SJR 35]
Expands the current homestead tax exemption to include surviving spouses of service members fatally injured in the line of duty, along with those killed outright.

Homestead Tax Limit for Surviving Spouses of Disabled [HJR 125]
Extends the current homestead school tax limit for disabled individuals to surviving spouses who are at least 55 years old and reside at the home.

Eligibility Requirements for Certain Judicial Offices [SJR 47]
Adds that state supreme court and court of appeals justices, and court of criminal appeals judges, must be Texas residents at the time of election who have been practicing lawyers licensed in the state of Texas

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