Arkansas Exemptions from Sales Tax, Proposed Amendment 59 (1978)

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The Arkansas Exemptions from Sales Tax Amendment, also known as Proposed Amendment 59, appeared as an initiated constitutional amendment in Arkansas where it was defeated on the ballot on November 7, 1978.[1]

This amendment would have exempted certain foods and medicines from the state sales tax.

Election results

Proposed Amendment 59 (1978)
Defeatedd No272,52655.32%
Yes 220,128 44.68%

Official results via: Arkansas Secretary of State

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[2]

An amendment to the Constitution of the state of Arkansas, to exempt from any sales, use, gross receipts or similar taxes enacted by the state of Arkansas or its counties, cities or other political subdivisions, the following: (1) food sold primarily for off premises human consumption, excluding meals or snacks prepared for immediate consumption on or off the premises of the retailer, and excluding alcoholic beverages; and (2) medicines prescribed for human medical treatment; and to provide that such exemptions shall apply to all such transactions after June 30, 1979.[3]

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  1. Arkansas Secretary of State, "Initiatives and Amendments 1938-2010"
  2. Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research. REFERENDA AND PRIMARY ELECTION MATERIALS [Computer file]. ICPSR ed. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [producer and distributor], 1995. doi:10.3886/ICPSR00006.v1
  3. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.