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Proposition 5 (HJR 100) (Propuesta 5)

Official Ballot Language: The constitutional amendment on professional sports team charitable foundations conducting charitable raffles.Lenguaje oficial en la boleta electoral:Enmienda constitucional sobre fundaciones benéficas de equipos deportivos profesionales que realizan rifas caritativas. Explanation:Proposition 5 would amend Article 3, Section 47(d-1) of the Texas Constitution, enabling certain professional sports team charitable foundations to conduct charitable raffles. Voters approved a constitutional amendment in 2016 to allow certain professional sports team charitable foundations that existed on January 1, 2016, to conduct charitable raffles at home games. It authorized the 10 Texas major league sports franchises that had charitable foundations on that date to conduct charitable raffles. Proposition 5 and its enabling legislation, HB 3125, would expand the number of professional sports team charitable foundations that are eligible to hold charitable raffles at home sports games. This amendment proposes to:remove the restriction that only charitable foundations existing on January 1, 2016 may conduct charitable raffles define “professional sports teams” eligible to conduct charitable raffles to allow professional hockey, basketball, football, baseball, soccer, motorsports, and golf teams, including minor leagues as well as major leaguesExplicación:La Propuesta 5 enmienda el artículo 3, Sección 47 (d-1) de la Constitución de Texas, le permite a ciertas fundaciones de caridad de equipos deportivos profesionales llevar a cabo rifas de beneficencia. Los votantes aprobaron una enmienda constitucional en 2016 para permitir que ciertas fundaciones de caridad de equipos deportivos profesionales que existían el 1 de enero de 2016 lleven a cabo rifas de beneficencia en los partidos locales. Se autorizó a las 10 principales franquicias deportivas de ligas mayores de Texas que tenían fundaciones de caridad en esa fecha para llevar a cabo rifas de beneficencia. La Propuesta 5 y su base legislativa, HB 3125, ampliaría el número de fundaciones de caridad de los equipos deportivos profesionales que son elegibles para llevar a cabo rifas de beneficencia en los juegos deportivos locales. Esta enmienda propone:● eliminar la restricción de que solamente las fundaciones de caridad existentes el 1 de enero, 2016 podrán realizar rifas de beneficencia. ● define “equipos deportivos profesionales” elegibles para llevar a cabo rifas de beneficencia para permitir equipos profesionales de hockey, baloncesto, fútbol, béisbol, fútbol soccer, deportes de motor, y golf, incluyendo ligas menores, así como ligas mayores.
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Proposition 5, in expanding the number of eligible sports teams, allows more teams to capitalize on the large and supportive crowds at sporting events, which increases the amount of charitable funds to support their charitable programs.

It would add minor league sports teams representing more rural and suburban communities, bringing charitable revenue to new and different parts of the state and uniting sports teams and their communities to assist disadvantaged Texans.

The proposed amendment only expands the number of sports teams that could participate in charitable raffles; it would make no other change and would not remove safeguards that were established to protect against improperly conducted raffles.
Current law, which applies only to the 10 Texas major league sports franchises, protects against the creation of entities solely to take advantage of charitable raffles.

Proposition 5 could open the door to further expansion of charitable raffles conducted by the foundations of less well-established teams.

The proposed amendment expands gambling in Texas by increasing the number of raffles that sports team foundations can conduct, which could lead to other groups requesting authority to offer such raffles.

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