Vote yes for Prop. 6
by Chip Latcham and Jeff Latcham
Oct 23, 2013 | 261 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Early voting opened Monday in the Texas constitutional amendments election, which will take place Tuesday, Nov. 5. That announcement, unfortunately, will result in widespread apathy from El Paso to Beaumont and Dalhart to Brownsville.

However, this off-year election has one extremely important issue for Bee County’s and the state’s voters to decide.

According to the Texas Farm Bureau, “Proposition 6 is a constitutional amendment that, if passed by voters in November, will transfer $2 billion from the state’s Rainy Day Fund into two specialized funds dedicated to funding water projects listed on the state water plan. The funds are designed to replenish themselves and help pay for new projects as other projects are completed and paid off.”

The measure, which is being supported by many organizations such as the TFB and Texas Association of Business, would help fund big and small projects across the state, from irrigation systems to water storage concepts and the completion of desalination plants.

The TAB has endorsed all nine amendments on the ballot. “We are fighting the hardest for Proposition 6,” said Bill Hammond, TAB president and CEO. “That’s the amendment that will provide funding for future water projects and make our state’s water supply more secure.”

The amendment has the support of various leaders from Gov. Rick Perry and House Speaker Joe Straus to State Sen. Wendy Davis and others.

We, like the San Antonio Express-News, Houston Chronicle and other Texas newspapers, also are offering a recommendation of votes cast in favor of Prop. 6 and the other eight constitutional amendments, most of which are local in nature or pass the common- sense test.

For example: Prop. 2 would eliminate an obsolete requirement for a State Medical Education Board and a State Medical Education Fund, neither of which is operational.

And Prop. 8 repeals a section of the Texas Constitution which relates to the creation of a hospital district in Hidalgo County. Yet, we state voters have to amend our antiquated constitution in order to do so.

One last major point: This election will mark the first statewide vote in which Texas’ voter identification law is in effect. Be sure and take a photo ID with you to the polls.
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