Before voter-approved amendments to the Texas Constitution are set in stone, it is the governor’s duty to publicly proclaim the results of the election that produced or rejected those amendments.
On Wednesday, Dec. 4, Gov. Greg Abbott posted such a proclamation, having first certified the tabulation prepared by the Texas Secretary of State, the state’s chief election officer.
In his proclamation, Abbott listed the nine of 10 proposed amendments that passed in the Nov. 5 constitutional amendment election.
The one that did not pass, and therefore was not included in the proclamation, was Proposition 1, the proposed constitutional amendment allowing a person to hold more than one office as a municipal judge at the same time.
Complete results of the election are available at sos.texas.gov, and analyses of proposed constitutional amendments are available from the Legislative Research Library of Texas at lrl.texas. gov.
Data resource launches The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality on Nov. 29 announced an online resource to update the public on response efforts regarding the Nov. 27 TPC Group Plant Explosion in Port Neches.
More than 20 federal, state, county and local government entities worked together in response to the explosion that resulted in three injuries and the release of butadiene, a petrochemical used in the manufacture of tires.
The EPA and the TCEQ continue to be focused on providing the assistance and coordination needed to address on-site and off-site environmental impacts.
Revenue total higher Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar on Dec. 3 announced state sales tax revenue totaled $3.18 billion in November, 6.2 percent more than the amount reported in November 2018.
Hegar said growth was led by collections from the wholesale trade, construction and restaurant sectors, while collections from the oil and gas mining sector declined from last year.
Also, total sales tax revenue for the three months ending in November 2019 was up 4.8 percent compared to the same period a year ago.
The sales tax is the largest source of funding for the state budget, accounting for 57 percent of all tax collections.