Tomorrow will be the first Tuesday in November which means it's Election Day.
This is a constitutional election, which usually brings out lower numbers of voters. However, in Nacogdoches, businesses are hoping residents show up at the polls to voice their opinion about a law that requires first-time alcohol buyers to fill out a form with personal information.
East Texas News did some digging to and spoke with businesses about the law that many call unnecessary.
It was lunch time at Newk's in Nacogdoches. After Tuesday's election, alcohol could be added to the menu if a city ordinance is repealed.
"It really affects the ownership of each restaurant as well as every guest that comes in and wants to purchase alcoholic beverage," said Cassandra Stokes, the general manager of Newk's.
The ordinance states that for a restaurant to sell alcohol, they must sell it under the idea of being a private club separate from the restaurant.
Opponents of the law say that it doesn't do anything good and only sends money to other cities.
The current law means that patrons have to hand over their IDs to be scanned into a database system, which then grants them a preliminary membership.
"They have no problem with showing me their license, but don't want me to take their license away," said John Yin, the owner of La Carreta in Nacogdoches. "They worry about us getting their personal information."
It's something that doesn't sit well with those wanting to enjoy an adult beverage.
"A lot more people would feel inclined to drink and have a good time when they don't have to go around and sign pieces of paper," a restaurant patron said. "I just feel like it is an unnecessary step."
Stokes, who is spearheading this campaign, has been open for four weeks. She said she is not willing to pay the nearly $5,000 in fees to make her restaurant classified as a private club. She added there has been little resistance to those wanting change.
"It's simply paperwork from the owner's standpoint, and from a guest standpoint, it's a privacy issue," Stokes said.
If this ordinance should be taken down in 15 days she plans on beginning her paperwork to sell alcohol.
Constitutional Amendments to be voted on:
"The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for an exemption from ad valorem taxation of all or part of the market value of the residence homestead of the surviving spouse of a member of the armed services of the United States who
is killed in action."
"The constitutional amendment eliminating an obsolete requirement for a State Medical Education Board and a State Medical Education Fund, neither of which is operational."
"The constitutional amendment to authorize a political subdivision of this state to extend the number of days that aircraft parts that are exempt from ad valorem taxation due to their location in this state for a temporary period may be located in this state for
purposes of qualifying for the tax exemption."
"The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for an exemption from ad valorem taxation of part of the market value of the residence homestead of a partially disabled veteran or the surviving spouse of a partially disabled veteran if the residence homestead was donated to the disabled veteran by a charitable organization."
"The constitutional amendment to authorize the making of a reverse mortgage loan for the purchase of homestead property and to amend lender disclosures and other requirements in connection with a reverse mortgage loan."
"The constitutional amendment providing for the creation of the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas and the State Water Implementation Revenue Fund for Texas to assist in the financing of priority projects in the state water plan to ensure the availability of adequate water resources."
"The constitutional amendment authorizing a home-rule municipality to provide in its charter the procedure to fill a vacancy on its governing body for which the unexpired term is 12 months or less."
"The constitutional amendment repealing Section 7, Article IX, Texas Constitution, which relates to the creation of a hospital district in Hidalgo County."
"The constitutional amendment relating to expanding the types of sanctions that may be assessed against a judge or justice following a formal proceeding instituted by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct."
Saturday, July 26 2014 2:09 PM EDT2014-07-26 18:09:07 GMT
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