AUSTIN - Voters approved all 16 constitutional amendments up for consideration in the Nov. 6 statewide election. Only about 8.5 percent of the state's 12.6 million registered voters cast ballots, Secretary of State Phil Wilson said.

Once more, for the record, here are the briefs:

Prop. 1: Switching Angelo State University to Texas Tech System governance.

Prop. 2: $500 million in general obligation bonds to finance educational loans.

Prop. 3: Authorizing the Legislature to limit the maximum average annual percentage increase in the appraised value of a residence homestead for ad valorem tax purposes to 10 percent, or a greater percentage, for each year since the most recent tax appraisal of the homestead.

Prop. 4: $1 billion in bonds for maintenance, improvement, repair and construction projects, including prisons.

Prop. 5: Allowing a city under 10,000 population to enter into an agreement to limit taxes on a piece of municipal property.

Prop. 6: Creating a tax exemption for one of a person's motor vehicles.

Prop. 7: Allowing a governmental body to sell land it acquired by eminent domain.

Prop. 8: Making changes regarding a person's eligibility for a home equity loan.

Prop. 9: Granting disabled veterans exemptions from ad valorem tax on their residence.

Prop. 10: Abolishing the office of inspector of hides and animals.

Prop. 11: Requiring that the House and Senate take a record vote on final passage of any bill, other than certain local bills, of a resolution proposing or ratifying a constitutional amendment, or of any other nonceremonial resolution, and providing for public access on the Internet to those record votes.

Prop. 12: $5 billion in highway improvement bonds.

Prop. 13: Authorizing the denial of bail to a person who violates certain court orders or conditions of release in a felony or family violence case.

Prop. 14: Permitting judges past retirement age to complete their term of office.

Prop. 15: Requiring the creation of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas and authorizing the issuance of up to $3 billion in bonds payable from the general revenues of the state for research in Texas to find the causes of and cures for cancer.

Prop. 16: Providing for the issuance of additional general obligation bonds by the Texas Water Development Board in an amount not to exceed $250 million to provide assistance to economically distressed areas. School district tests hybrid bus Austin Independent School District is trying out a new plug-in hybrid

school bus the school district recently purchased.

The bus cost $225,000. Federal and state grants covered $146,000 and funds from a 2004 school district bond issue covered the remaining $79,000. The price of a typical new diesel school bus can run $75,000 or more.

Austin ISD's 71-passenger diesel-electric bus meets the latest federal emission standards. It will get about 12 miles to the gallon. Most school buses get about six miles to a gallon of diesel, school officials said.

This is the first plug-in hybrid school bus in Texas, and one of only 18 in the United States.

New manager for college fund

Texas Comptroller Susan Combs on Nov. 7 announced OFI Private Investments Inc. will be the new manager of the state-sponsored college savings plan.

The slogan for our new and improved college savings plan is The Start of Something Big, Combs said.

The firm, a subsidiary of OppenheimerFunds Inc., will begin managing Texas' $200 million 529 Plan on Nov. 19. The estimated 20,000 current account holders will transfer automatically from Tomorrow's College Investment Plan to the direct-

sold Texas College Savings Plan or the advisor-sold LoneStar 529 Plan. For a child born this year, the projected cost of four years at a public university will exceed $77,000 for tuition and fees alone. Four years of tuition and fees at a private university are expected to exceed $294,000. Room and board, books and other expenses will significantly increase the price tag, Combs said.