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Election Advisory No. 2023-08

To: County Election Officials
From: Christina Worrell Adkins, Director of Elections
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Date: July 21, 2023
RE: 2023 Legislative Summary – 88th Regular Session and Second Special Session

Below is a brief summary of the major election-related legislation that passed during the Texas Legislature’s 88th Regular Session and Second Called Special Session.

Bills Passed During the 2023 Regular Session

General Election-Related Changes


Voting by Mail


Candidacy and Office Holding


Voter Registration


Changes Impacting Local Political Subdivisions


Secretary of State Pilot Programs/Feasibility Studies


Miscellaneous Provisions


Joint Resolutions Passed During the 2023 Regular Session and Second Special Session

HJR 2 – “The constitutional amendment authorizing the 88th Legislature to provide a cost-of-living adjustment to certain annuitants of the Teacher Retirement System of Texas.”

HJR 3 – “The constitutional amendment relating to the Texas University Fund, which provides funding to certain institutions of higher education to achieve national prominence as major research universities and drive the state economy.”

HJR 107 – “The constitutional amendment to increase the mandatory age of retirement for state justices and judges.”

HJR 125 – “The constitutional amendment creating the broadband infrastructure fund to expand high-speed broadband access and assist in the financing of connectivity projects.”

HJR 126 – “The constitutional amendment protecting the right to engage in farming, ranching, timber production, horticulture, and wildlife management.”

HJR 132 – “The constitutional amendment prohibiting the imposition of an individual wealth or net worth tax, including a tax on the difference between the assets and liabilities of an individual or family.”

HJR 134 – “The constitutional amendment providing for the abolition of the office of county treasurer in Galveston County.”

SJR 32 – “The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to permit conservation and reclamation districts in El Paso County to issue bonds supported by ad valorem taxes to fund the development and maintenance of parks and recreational facilities.”

SJR 64 – “The constitutional amendment authorizing a local option exemption from ad valorem taxation by a county or municipality of all or part of the appraised value of real property used to operate a child-care facility.”

SJR 74 – “The constitutional amendment providing for the creation of the centennial parks conservation fund to be used for the creation and improvement of state parks.”

SJR 75 – “The constitutional amendment creating the Texas water fund to assist in financing water projects in this state.”

SJR 87 – “The constitutional amendment to authorize the legislature to exempt from ad valorem taxation equipment or inventory held by a manufacturer of medical or biomedical products to protect the Texas healthcare network and strengthen our medical supply chain.”

SJR 93 – “The constitutional amendment providing for the creation of the Texas energy fund to support the construction, maintenance, modernization, and operation of electric generating facilities.”

HJR 2 (Second Special Session) – “The constitutional amendment to authorize the legislature to establish a temporary limit on the maximum appraised value of real property other than a residence homestead for ad valorem tax purposes; to increase the amount of the exemption from ad valorem taxation by a school district applicable to residence homesteads from $40,000 to $100,000; to adjust the amount of the limitation on school district ad valorem taxes imposed on the residence homesteads of the elderly or disabled to reflect increases in certain exemption amounts; to except certain appropriations to pay for ad valorem tax relief from the constitutional limitation on the rate of growth of appropriations; and to authorize the legislature to provide for a four-year term of office for a member of the board of directors of certain appraisal districts.”

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