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Partnership meeting highlights constitutional amendments, propositions

By ALLISON MILES
Nov. 1, 2011 at 6:01 a.m.


BY ALLISON MILESAMILES@VICAD.COMThe University of Houston-Victoria is taking steps to facilitate future growth, Rep. Geanie Morrison said Tuesday.

An advisory board put together by the university meets Wednesday to discuss how population growth, a lack of space and other necessary issues concerning expansion, she explained.

Though out of session, the Texas Legislature is also looking at the university's needs and what is best for UHV, Morrison said.

Amendments to the Texas constitution are not uncommon, but the way the state goes about them is.

That was what Donald Day, board chair for the Victoria Economic Development Corp., said Tuesday at the corporation's Victoria Partnership meeting.

In Texas, he said, both the Senate and House must pass propositions by a two-thirds vote. Following the joint resolution, he said, the issue does not go on to the governor for approval, as in other states.

The governor likely makes his feelings known about the issues, Day noted, but does not take any overt action.

Rep. Geanie Morrison also spoke during the meeting, updating people on propositions to be included in the Nov. 8 election.

The amendments are the only things slated for the ballot, she said, adding that such elections typically draw a low voter turnout.

An ongoing series on the Advocate's Viewpoints page details the propositions, their pros and cons. The last installment runs Wednesday but, to view the series in its entirety, go online to VictoriaAdvocate.com/elections.

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