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November 5th Election

On November 5th, Texas voters will impact key state and local policies. Ten Texas Constitutional amendments are on the November 5, 2019, general election ballot. The Greater Houston Partnership's board passed a resolution in support of all ten Texas Constitutional amendments on the ballot. In addition to the Texas Constitutional amendments, voters will also decide local elections, including those for school district board, city council and local ballot propositions. The Partnership has included a review of the major state and local ballot propositions that will benefit the Houston region.

Early Voting starts on Monday, October 21 and concludes on Friday, November 1. Election Day is Tuesday, November 5. You may check your voter's registration status and find poll location and ballot information here. The Partnership encourages voters to exercise their right to vote in this important election. 

Partnership Priorities for the November 5th Election

  • The Partnership supports a vote FOR Texas Constitutional Amendments 1-10 on the general election ballot on Tuesday, November 5.

     

  • A vote FOR three of the proposed Texas Constitutional Amendments, Propositions 5, 6 and 8, are particularly important for the Houston region.

  • At the local level, the Partnership supports a vote FOR METRO Bond Proposition A to reduce traffic congestion. 

Partnership Supports State Constitutional Amendments

Critical policies impacting the Houston region

Proposition 5 establishes a dedicated revenue stream for the preservation and maintenance of state parks and historic sites.  The Texas Legislature is currently authorized to appropriate funds to Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Texas Historical Commission from sporting goods sales tax revenues, but those funds have often been redirected towards other programs.  A vote FOR Proposition 5 creates a secure and dedicated revenue stream for parks and historical sites. 
Proposition 6 expands the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, which has helped the Texas Medical Center become a world leader in cancer treatment and research.  The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) was originally approved in 2007, and its grants have since helped create thousands of jobs, generated billions of dollars in economic activity, encouraged biotech companies to expand or relocate in Texas, and supported world-renowned scholars, including a 2018 Nobel Prize recipient. The proposition was placed on the ballot as a result of the passage of House Joint Resolution 12 by Representative John Zerwas (R - Richmond) during the 86th Legislative Session allowing for an increase to the maximum bond amount authorized for CPRIT.  A vote FOR Proposition 6 is necessary to maintain the current CPRIT program.
Proposition 8 establishes a dedicated state fund for flood resiliency infrastructure necessary to prevent widespread damage from future sever weather events.  Texans need adequate relief from flooding and protection from future severe weather events. Significant funding is required to improve the state’s flood resilience following Hurricane Harvey, Tropical Storm Imelda and other flood events in recent years. While the federal government has historically played an important role in helping local communities recover after a natural disaster and local governments have paid a local cost-share with many federal projects, this legislative session marked the first time for the state to take on a responsibility in funding and improving Texas’ flood recovery and resilience. Proposition 8 is the direct result of the enactment of Senate Bill 7 by Senator Brandon Creighton (R-Conroe), the Legislature’s landmark flood resilience legislation, designed to invest in future flood mitigation infrastructure to reduce the impact of severe weather events. Proposition 8 authorizes the creation of the Flood Infrastructure Fund (FIF) – administered by the Texas Water Development Board. A vote FOR Proposition 8 ensures $793 million, which the Legislature appropriated for the Flood Infrastructure Fund, will be dedicated to address future flood mitigation needs across the state of Texas.

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Proposition 8

How Proposition 8 Invests in Flood Resilience

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