HJR 36

85(R) - 2017
House Natural Resources
House Natural Resources
Constitutional Amendments
Economic Development
Texas Constitution

Vote Recommendation

  • Negative
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Negative
  • Neutral


Mary Gonzalez

Bill Caption

Proposing a constitutional amendment providing for the issuance of additional general obligation bonds by the Texas Water Development Board to provide assistance to economically distressed areas.

Fiscal Notes

A negative impact of ($114,369) through the biennium ending August 31, 2019.

The joint resolution would make no appropriation but could provide the legal basis for an appropriation of funds to implement the provisions of the bill.

Bill Analysis

HJR 36 would put a constitutional amendment on the November 7th ballot providing for the issuance of up to $200 million in additional bonds for the Economically Distressed Areas Program.

Vote Recommendation Notes

This bill infringes on the principle of limited government and the free market by expanding the public debt through the issuance of additional bonds that would increase market distortions through state intervention. For this reasons, we oppose HJR 36.

Organizations Supporting

City of Corpus Christi
Lone Star Chapter Sierra Club
Texas Conference of Urban Counties
Texas Low Income Housing Information Service
Texas Rural Water Association 
Texas Water Infrastructure Network