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Initiative petition for electronic cigarettes approved for circulation for 2014 ballot

March 5, 2014

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E-CigJefferson City, Mo. — Secretary of State Jason Kander today announced that an initiative petition relating to materials used in electronic cigarettes and income taxes met state standards for circulation.

The official ballot title for the initiative petition, 2014-121, reads:

Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to:

· create a fee on materials used in electronic cigarettes or similar products;

· prohibit any future additional local taxes, licenses, fees or special assessments on electronic cigarettes or similar products and materials used in electronic cigarettes or similar products;

· use the revenue created by this measure to reduce the individual income tax rate; and

· require certain cigarette manufacturers to post a bond in order to sell cigarettes in Missouri;

Annual state revenue may initially decrease by $69 million to $105 million due to individual income tax revenue decreasing by more than the increased revenue from the proposal’s provisions. In subsequent years, if the revenue collected from the proposal’s provisions exceed those collected in the immediate preceding fiscal year, additional unknown decreases may occur.

The petition, which would amend Article X of the Missouri Constitution, was submitted by Marc Ellinger, 308 East High St., Suite 301, Jefferson City, MO 65101.

Before any constitutional changes can be brought before Missouri voters in the November 2014 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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