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Ohio Soda Pop Tax Amendment, Issue 4 (1994)

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The Ohio Soda Pop Tax Amendment, also known as Issue 4, was on the November 8, 1994 ballot in Ohio as an initiated constitutional amendment, where it was approved.[1] This amendment prohibits any taxes on soft drinks in Ohio.

Election results

Ohio Issue 4 (1994)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 2,228,874 66.42%
No1,126,72833.58%

Election results via the Ohio Secretary of State.[2]

Text of measure

See also: Ohio Constitution, Article XII, Section 3c

The language appeared on the ballot as:[3]

This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.

Proposed Constitutional Amendment

To amend Article XII of the Ohio Constitution by the addition of Section 13.

Current Section 3(C) of Article XII prohibits taxes on the sale or purchase of food for human consumption off the premises where sold, the amendment would expand the current restrictions by:

  1. Prohibiting the current wholesale tax on soft drinks and other carbonated, nonalcoholic beverages.
  2. Prohibiting enactment of a wholesale tax on the sale or purchase of soft drinks, carbonated, nonalcoholic beverages, or food for human consumption, or their ingredients or packaging.
  3. Prohibiting enactment of a tax on the sale to or purchase by a manufacturer, processor, packager, or reseller of soft drinks, carbonated, nonalcoholic beverages, or food for human consumption, or their ingredients or packaging.
  4. Prohibiting enactment of retail taxes on packaging that contains soft drinks, other carbonated, nonalcoholic beverages, or food for human consumption.

If adopted, this amendment will be effective 30 days after adoption.


Shall the proposed amendment be adopted?

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