Income Tax Ban Amendment Passes

Jan 20, 2012

NASHVILLE,‭ ‬Tenn.‭ (‬AP‭) — ‬A constitutional amendment to ban an income tax in Tennessee has passed the House.

The measure was approved‭ ‬73-17‭ ‬Thursday.‭ ‬The companion legislation passed the Senate last year.‭ ‬The measure must now be approved by a two-thirds vote of both chambers in the next General Assembly before it's placed on the ballot in‭ ‬2014.

Opponents of the legislation say it's unnecessary because the state constitution already bans an income tax and that the measure is politically motivated.

However,‭ ‬Republican sponsor Glen Casada of Franklin says a judge could decide otherwise and that the legislation is needed to,‭ ‬as he puts it,‭ "‬make it clear it is not constitutional.‭"