Missouri Healthy Future Trust Fund Act, Amendment 3 (2006)

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Missouri Amendment 3, also known as the Healthy Future Trust Fund Act, was an initiated constitutional amendment on the November 7, 2006 election ballot in Missouri, where it was defeated.[1]

Election results

Constitutional Amendment 3 (Healthy Future Trust Fund Act)
Defeatedd No1,089,70151.4%
Yes 1,029,027 48.6%

Official results via: Missouri Secretary of State - Elections Division

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to create a Healthy Future Trust Fund which will:

1. be used to reduce and prevent tobacco use, to increase funding for healthcare access and treatment for eligible low-income individuals and Medicaid recipients, and to cover administrative costs;

2. be funded by a tax of four cents per cigarette and twenty percent on other tobacco products; and

3. be kept separate from general revenue and annually audited?

Additional taxes of four cents per cigarette and twenty percent of the manufacturer's invoice price on other tobacco products generates an estimated $351 - $499 million annually for tobacco control programs, healthcare for low income Missourians, and payments for services provided to Missouri Medicaid beneficiaries and uninsured Missourians. Local governmental fiscal impact is unknown.

Signature recovery lawsuit

After the sponsoring group turned in its signatures to qualify the measure for the November 2006 ballot, it was notified by the Missouri Secretary of State's office that it would not be eligible for the ballot, finding that it fell 274 signatures short of the required number in the Fifth Congressional District. The initiative's sponsors filed a signature recovery lawsuit, Committee for a Healthy Future v. Carnahan, challenging this determination. The plaintiffs prevailed, and the measure was ordered onto the ballot.

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