HJR 12

86(R) - 2019
House Public Health
Senate Finance
House Public Health
Senate Finance

Vote Recommendation

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John Zerwas
Garnet F. Coleman
Sarah Davis
Geanie Morrison
Senfronia Thompson


Jane Nelson
Kirk Watson


Carol Alvarado
Donna Campbell
Pat Fallon
Pete Flores
Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa
Joan Huffman
Nathan Johnson
Lois Kolkhorst
Eddie Lucio Jr.
Jose Menendez
Borris Miles
Charles Perry
Beverly Powell
José Rodríguez
Larry Taylor
Royce West
John Whitmire
Judith Zaffirini

Bill Caption

Proposing a constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to increase the maximum bond amount authorized for the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.

Fiscal Notes

Estimated Two-year Net Impact to General Revenue Related Funds for HJR12, As Introduced: a negative impact of ($12,477,289) through the biennium ending August 31, 2021. The cost to the state for publication of the resolution is $177,289.

Bill Analysis

HJR 12 proposes an amendment to the Texas Constitution to allow an additional $3 billion in general obligation bonds to be issued on behalf of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT).

Vote Recommendation Notes

Texas Action opposes HJR 12 on the grounds that it violates the principle of limited government. When CPRIT was first authorized, it was designed to be a temporary program. Rather than double general obligation bond authority for this organization from the current $3 billion to $6 billion, CPRIT should be allowed to sunset as scheduled. This organization is long on spending, short on results, and performs a function that is better left to faith-based and private philanthropic organizations.

Between the federal government and the vast amount of nonprofit organizations in Texas and throughout the United States, funding for cancer research is at an all-time high. A redundancy in this area at the expense of the taxpayer, many of whom voluntarily fund cancer research themselves, is inefficient and unnecessary. Instead the state should encourage the growth of more nonprofit cancer funding by reducing the overall tax burden upon our economy. We do not oppose the mission or goals of CPRIT, but rather prefer for the organization to be entirely funded by private dollars and operate entirely apart from state involvement