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California Tobacco Tax for Brain Research Initiative (2014)

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Two versions of a California Tobacco Tax for Brain Research Initiative have been approved for circulation in California as contenders for the November 4, 2014 ballot as initiated state statutes. Two versions of the initiative (#14-0003, #14-0005) were filed and both were approved for circulation.

Text of measure

Version 14-0003

Ballot title:

Cigarette Tax to Fund Brain and Stem Cell Research. Initiative Statute.

Official summary:

"Increases cigarette tax by $1.00 per pack, with an equivalent increase on other tobacco products. Requires tax revenues to be deposited into a special fund to provide grants and loans to support brain research, including stem cell research, on causes, treatments, detection, and cures for brain disorders and diseases. Creates 11-member oversight committee charged with administering the fund. If new tax causes decreased tobacco consumption, transfers sufficient amount of new tax revenues to offset revenue decrease to other programs funded by existing tobacco taxes. Requires annual independent audit."

Fiscal impact statement:

(Note: The fiscal impact statement for a California ballot initiative authorized for circulation is jointly prepared by the state's Legislative Analyst and its Director of Finance.)

"Net increase in cigarette excise tax revenues in the range of $500 million to $750 million annually by 2015-16. Revenues would decrease slightly each year thereafter. The funds would be used to support research on brain and central nervous system diseases and disorders. Increase in excise tax revenues on other tobacco products of roughly $50 million annually going mainly to existing health programs. Change in state and local sales tax revenues ranging from a $30 million loss to a $40 million gain annually."

Version 14-0005

Ballot title:

Cigarette Tax to Fund Brain Research. Initiative Statute.

Official summary:

"Increases cigarette tax by $1.00 per pack, with an equivalent increase on other tobacco products. Requires tax revenues to be deposited into a special fund to provide grants and loans to support brain research on causes, treatments, detection, and cures for brain disorders and diseases. Creates 11-member oversight committee charged with administering the fund. If new tax causes decreased tobacco consumption, transfers sufficient amount of new tax revenues to offset revenue decrease to other programs funded by existing tobacco taxes."

Fiscal impact statement:

(Note: The fiscal impact statement for a California ballot initiative authorized for circulation is jointly prepared by the state's Legislative Analyst and its Director of Finance.)

"Net increase in cigarette excise tax revenues in the range of $500 million to $750 million annually by 2015-16. Revenues would decrease slightly each year thereafter. The funds would be used to support research on brain and central nervous system diseases and disorders. Increase in excise tax revenues on other tobacco products of roughly $50 million annually going mainly to existing health programs. Change in state and local sales tax revenues ranging from a $30 million loss to a $40 million gain annually."

Path to the ballot

See also: Signature requirements for ballot measures in California
Note: April 18, 2014 was the deadline for initiative and referendum proponents to submit collected signatures to county election officials, as suggested by the California Secretary of State.[1] The deadline, however, has operated in the past as a date of assured consideration. Signatures for initiatives, such as 2012's Proposition 30 and Proposition 31, have been submitted upwards of eighteen days after the deadline and still qualified for the general election ballot for that year. Proponents of initiatives who submit their signatures after the April 18 deadline for 2014, but by their initiative's petition circulation deadline, and have their initiative qualified, will have their initiative placed on the 2016 ballot.
  • Frank P. Barbaro submitted a letter requesting a title and summary for Version #14-0003 on January 14, 2014.
  • Frank P. Barbaro submitted a letter requesting a title and summary for Version #14-0005 on January 16, 2014.
  • A title and summary for Version 14-0003 was issued by the Attorney General of California's office on March 7, 2014.
  • A title and summary for Version 14-0005 was issued by the Attorney General of California's office on March 10, 2014.
  • 504,760 valid signatures are required for qualification purposes.
  • Supporters have until August 4, 2014 to collect the required signatures for Version #14-0003. Filing sufficient signatures by that date would not allow the initiative to compete on the November 4, 2014 ballot.
  • Supporters have until August 7, 2014 to collect the required signatures for Version #14-0005. Filing sufficient signatures by that date would not allow the initiative to compete on the November 4, 2014 ballot.
  • The Secretary of State’s suggested signature filing deadline for the November 4, 2014 ballot was April 18, 2014.

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