Civitas Action Alerts

Action Alert House Bill 3, Omnibus Constitutional Amendments


June 27, 2016

The new committee substitute bill for House Bill 3 includes three constitutional amendments:

• Restricting the state’s approved use of eminent domain to “public use” and eliminating “and public benefit”

• Capping the state income tax rate at 5.5%, lowering it from its current cap of 10%

• Adding a constitutional right “to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife

Civitas Action supports lower taxes, restraints against the government's ability to take privately-owned property, and the ability to engage in hunting and fishing.

Lower taxes promote greater job growth and economic prosperity – opportunities especially beneficial to low-skilled, lower-income people on the margins of employment. Eminent domain power has been abused in the past and can unfairly compel people to give up their private property.

Civitas Action fully intends to grade any votes taken on House Bill 3 in its 2016 Civitas Action Conservative Effectiveness Ranking, and the grades will be updated to the website within one or two business days following the vote.