Fort Bend County residents began heading to the polls on Monday to cast ballot for a new Texas House 28 representative and 10 proposed constitutional amendments.
The 10-day period for early voting ends on Friday, Nov. 1. Election Day is Nov. 5.
Fort Bend County voters may cast ballots at any early voting location.
House District 28, which stretches from Katy to Rosenberg and from Simonton to Houston, has been represented by Dr. John Zerwas since 2006. Zerwas, announced last summer he would not seek re-election so that he could accept a position as new executive vice chancellor for health affairs at the University of Texas System.
Six Republicans and one Democrat have declared their intentions to fill House District 28 seat vacated by State Rep. John Zerwas.
Gov. Greg Abbott called for a special election this November to fill the vacant seat.
Seeking to replace Zerwas are Dr. Eliz Markowitz, the lone Democratic candidate, and Republicans Tricia Krenek, Gary Gates, Clinton Purnell and Dr. Anna Allred.
The 10 proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution are as follows:
• Proposition 1 would amend the Texas Constitution to allow a municipal judge to be elected in more than one jurisdiction.
• Proposition 2 would allow the Water Development Board to issue bonds from the Economically Distressed Areas Program (EDAP) to develop water supply and sewer projects in economically depressed areas of the state.
• Proposition 3 would allow the Texas Legislature to give a temporary property tax exemption in a disaster area.
• Proposition 4 would prohibit the Texas Legislature from establishing à personal state income tax.
• Proposition 5 would require the Legislature to allocate sales tax revenue from sporting goods sales to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Texas Historical Commission.
• Proposition 6 would authorize the Legislature to double the maximum bond amount for the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas to $6 billion.
• Proposition 7 would double the amount of money that the General Land Office could distribute to the Available School Fund to $600 million.
• Proposition 8 would create a Flood Infrastructure Fund to assist in financing drainage, flood mitigation, and flood control products.
• Proposition 9 would authorize the Legislature to exempt precious metals held in a Texan precious metal depository to be exempted from property taxes.
• Proposition 10 (SJR 32) would allow law enforcement animals to retire, and their former handlers or other qualified caretakers to adopt them with no fee. Law enforcement animals are currently considered as surplus property of the county, which means the county can only auction, donate, or destroy them. This amendment would change the property laws to allow the animals to retire and be transferred to their original handler or another qualified caretaker with no adoption fee.