HJR 38

86(R) - 2019
House Ways & Means
Senate Finance
House Ways & Means
Senate Finance
Constitutional Amendments

Vote Recommendation

  • Positive
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Positive
  • Positive


Jeff Leach
Will Metcalf


Pat Fallon


Paul Bettencourt
Brian Birdwell
Dawn Buckingham
Donna Campbell
Brandon Creighton
Pete Flores
Bob Hall
Kelly Hancock
Joan Huffman
Bryan Hughes
Lois Kolkhorst
Jane Nelson
Robert Nichols
Angela Paxton
Charles Perry
Beverly Powell
Charles Schwertner
Kel Seliger
Larry Taylor

Bill Caption

Proposing a constitutional amendment prohibiting the imposition of an individual income tax.

Fiscal Notes

The joint resolution could result in a significant loss of state franchise tax revenue, depending on potential future legal decisions. The cost to the state for publication of the resolution is $177,289.

Bill Analysis

HJR 38 proposes an amendment to the Texas Constitution in order to prohibit the imposition of an individual income tax in the state. The amendment would need to be approved by voters in the November 2019 elections for the amendment to be adopted.

Vote Recommendation Notes

Texas Action supports HJR 38 for promoting the principles of limited government, free markets and individual liberty. Texas has benefited greatly from being a state with no income tax (just look at all of the Americans migrating to the state from other high-tax states!). This proposed amendment would help to guarantee that Texas can continue along the low-tax path of attracting talented individuals and businesses from all over the country and the world while continuing to safeguard current and future Texans from an onerous income tax.