Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Initiative Petition Relating to Local Taxes on Cigarettes or Tobacco Products Approved for Circulation for 2014 Ballot


 — Secretary of State Jason Kander today announced that an initiative petition relating to Local Taxes on Cigarettes or Tobacco Products met state standards for circulation.
The official ballot title for the petition reads:
Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to allow voters to approve or modify local taxes within their city or county on cigarettes or tobacco products, or on the selling of cigarettes or tobacco products, to be used for local health care, local public education, and local job creation programs?

The proposal will result in no direct costs or savings for state and local governmental entities. Actions at the local government level allowed by this proposal could result in unknown indirect costs or savings to state and local governmental entities that cannot be estimated.
The petition, which would amend Article I of the Missouri Constitution, was submitted by Mr. Mark Reading, 2604 Lakeland Dr., Jefferson City, MO 65109 (573) 694-6828.
Before any constitutional changes can be brought before Missouri voters in the November2014 election, signatures must be obtained from registered voters equal to eight (8) percent of the total votes cast in the 2012 governor's election from six of the state's eight congressional districts.
Signatures on behalf of all initiative petitions for the 2014 ballot are due to the secretary of state’s office by no later than 5 p.m. on May 4, 2014.
Before circulating petitions, state law requires that groups must first have the form of their petition approved by the secretary of state and attorney general. The secretary of state then prepares a summary statement of no more than 100 words and the state auditor prepares a fiscal impact statement, both of which are subject to the approval of the attorney general. When both statements are approved, they become the official ballot title.

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