Nov 3, 2021 - Politics
Texas voters pass statewide COVID-inspired measures
The Texas Capitol building.
Voters statewide approved state constitutional amendments inspired by the pandemic. Photo: Matthew Busch/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The COVID-19 pandemic led to a pair of statewide constitutional amendments that passed Tuesday.

Between the lines: Proposition 3, which was approved 63% to 37%, bars governments from taking any action that "prohibits or limits religious services."

  • The proposition is part of a much broader national COVID-19 debate that pits public health officials bent on stymieing the disease's spread against pastors who say they were protecting their practice of religion.

Proposition 6, which was approved 88% to 12%, gives residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities the right to designate an "essential caregiver" who could not, under most circumstances, be barred from in-person visits.

  • The proposition comes after stories of elderly people enduring months of isolation as part of the fight against COVID-19.

Early voting results suggested both amendments would pass.

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