A limited partnership petitioned the Texas Supreme Court to declare the state's Franchise (or "Margin") Tax passed in 2006 unconstitutional because it: (1) is an income tax, effectively taxing a natural person's share of partnership income without voter approval, in violation of Bullock Amendment of the state constitution; and (2) violates the state constitution's uniformity requirement by not allowing insurance claims adjusters to exclude payments to independent contractors, while similarly situated businesses are allowed such an exclusion. By statute, the court must issue a ruling on or before November 26, 2011. The State’s response brief is due August 19. [In re Allcat Claims Service, L.P. and John Weakley
, Texas Supreme Court, No. 11-0589, 7/29/11].