The Latest: Voters OK all 7 Texas constitutional amendments

Staff Writer
Stephenville Empire-Tribune

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The latest developments from Election Day in Texas (all times local):

8 p.m.

Voters statewide have easily approved all seven proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution.

Texans voted Tuesday to support increasing homeowners' school property tax homestead exemption from $15,000 to $25,000, which should save the average family about $125 per year.

Voters also allowed the land and agriculture commissioners, the comptroller, attorney general and members of the Rail Road Commission to live outside Austin — though none say they plan to. The governor, lieutenant governor and Texas Supreme Court and Court of Criminal Appeals justices won't be affected.

Hunting and fishing were solidified as constitutional rights, and voters approved at least an extra $2.5 billion annually in public funding for roads and highways clogged by Texas' booming population.

The results of Tuesday's election also relax rules on professional sports team raffles and road privatization in small counties, while exempting more spouses of totally disabled veterans from paying property taxes.