Tennessee income tax proposal one step away from 2014 ballot
The measure, sponsored by Sen. Brian Kelsey, proposes an amendment that would explicitly prohibit the Tennessee General Assembly from levying, authorizing or permitting any state or local tax on personal income.
On January 19 the Tennessee General Assembly closed the first step in referring the measure to the ballot for a public vote. The Tennessee House of Representatives voted 73-17. Earlier, the Tennessee State Senate approved the measure with a 28-5 vote.
In order to qualify the measure for the statewide ballot, the Tennessee General Assembly must approve a proposed amendment in two successive sessions. In the second such session, the proposed amendment must earn 2/3rds approval, however, in the first session, it only needs majority approval.
- WPLN, "Amendment To Ban State Income Tax Begins Its Legislative Trek," March 18, 2010
- Tennessee General Assembly, "SJR 221 summary," accessed January 24, 2012
- Tennessean, "TN House approves anti-income tax amendment," January 19, 2012
- Knoxvillebiz.com, "Senate OKs measure to ban Tenn. income tax," March 9, 2011