Bill Text: TX SJR69 | 2019-2020 | 86th Legislature | Introduced


Bill Title: Proposing a constitutional amendment regarding the limitation on the rate of growth of appropriations and the use of surplus state revenue to provide for property tax relief and public school teacher compensation.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-04-11 - Left pending in committee [SJR69 Detail]

Download: Texas-2019-SJR69-Introduced.html
 
 
  By: Paxton S.J.R. No. 69
 
 
 
   
 
 
 
SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION
  proposing a constitutional amendment regarding the limitation on
  the rate of growth of appropriations and the use of surplus state
  revenue to provide for property tax relief and public school
  teacher compensation.
         BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 49-g(b), Article III, Texas
  Constitution, is amended to read as follows:
         (b)  The comptroller shall, not later than the 90th day of
  each biennium, transfer to the economic stabilization fund one-half
  of any unencumbered positive balance of general revenues on the
  last day of the preceding biennium. If necessary, the comptroller
  shall reduce the amount transferred in proportion to the other
  amounts prescribed by this section to prevent the amount in the fund
  from exceeding the limit in effect for that biennium under
  Subsection (g) of this section. For purposes of this subsection,
  general revenues are considered encumbered on the last day of a
  biennium only to the extent that general revenues are subject to
  payment for particular identifiable and legally enforceable
  obligations of this state that were incurred on or before that day
  and intended to be paid out of appropriations for that biennium.
         SECTION 2.  Article III, Texas Constitution, is amended by
  adding Section 49-g-5 to read as follows:
         Sec. 49-g-5.  (a)  Not later than the 90th day of each state
  fiscal biennium, the comptroller of public accounts shall determine
  an amount equal to one-half of the unencumbered positive balance of
  general revenues on the last day of the preceding state fiscal
  biennium.
         (b)  Of the amount determined under Subsection (a) of this
  section:
               (1)  25 percent may be used only to provide
  compensation for teachers, counselors, and librarians employed in
  public schools; and
               (2)  the remainder may be used only to provide ad
  valorem tax relief by reducing school district maintenance and
  operations ad valorem tax rates.
         (c)  For purposes of Subsection (a) of this section, general
  revenues are considered encumbered on the last day of a state fiscal
  biennium only to the extent that general revenues are subject to
  payment for particular identifiable and legally enforceable
  obligations of this state that were incurred on or before that day
  and intended to be paid out of appropriations for that state fiscal
  biennium.
         SECTION 3.  The following temporary provision is added to
  the Texas Constitution:
         TEMPORARY PROVISION. (a)  This temporary provision applies
  to the constitutional amendment proposed by the 86th Legislature,
  Regular Session, 2019, regarding the use of surplus state revenue
  to provide for property tax relief and compensation of certain
  public school employees.
         (b)  The amendments to Section 49-g(b), Article III, of this
  constitution, and Section 49-g-5, Article III, of this
  constitution, as added by the amendment, apply beginning with the
  state fiscal biennium that begins September 1, 2021.
         (c)  This temporary provision expires January 1, 2022.
         SECTION 4.  This proposed constitutional amendment shall be
  submitted to the voters at an election to be held November 5, 2019.
  The ballot shall be printed to permit voting for or against the
  proposition: "The constitutional amendment regarding the use of
  surplus state revenue to provide for property tax relief and
  compensation for certain public school employees."
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