Washington Elimination of Agricultural Tax Preferences for Marijuana, Advisory Vote No. 8 (2014)

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Advisory Vote No. 8
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Type:Advisory question
Referred by:Washington State Legislature
Topic:Taxes
Status:Defeated Defeatedd
2014 measures
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November 4
Initiative 594 Approveda
Initiative 591 Defeatedd
Advisory Vote No. 8 Defeatedd
Advisory Vote No. 9 Defeatedd
Initiative 1351 Approveda
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The Washington Elimination of Agricultural Tax Preferences for Marijuana, Advisory Vote No. 8 was on the November 4, 2014 ballot in Washington as an advisory question, where it was defeated. That it was defeated at the polls meant voters favored maintaining the stipulations laid out in the bill. The measure asked voters whether the Washington State Legislature should repeal or maintain the elimination of agricultural tax preferences for various aspects of the marijuana industry. This measure came out of Senate Bill 6505.[1] A yes vote supported the repeal of the legislature’s elimination of the agricultural tax preferences. A no vote supported maintaining the legislature’s elimination of the tax preferences.

Election results

Below are the official, certified election results:

Washington Advisory Note No. 8
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No1,043,88154.41%
Yes 874,623 45.59%

Election results via: Washington Secretary of State

Text of measure

Ballot title

The ballot title read as follows:[2]

The legislature eliminated, without a vote of the people, agricultural excise tax preferences for various aspects of the marijuana industry, costing an estimated $24,903,000 in the first ten years, for government spending.

This tax increase should be:

[ ] Repealed

[ ] Maintained [3]

Background

See also: Initiative 960

A provision of a 2007 ballot measure, Initiative 960, directly led to the placement of advisory votes on taxes on the ballot. Under that approved measure, a statewide advisory vote is required on all tax increases passed by the state legislature. Initiative 960 was sponsored by Tim Eyman and originally required a two-thirds supermajority vote in the legislature or a legally binding vote of the people to approve any tax increases or eliminations of tax credits. Though the supermajority requirement was struck down by the Washington Supreme Court in 2013, the advisory vote clause was left intact.[4][1]

Support

SB 6505 "Yes" votes

The following members of the Washington State Legislature voted in favor of SB 6505.[5]

Senate

House

Opposition

SB 6505 "No" votes

The following members of the Washington State Legislature voted against SB 6505.[5]

Senate

No senators voted against putting SB 6505.

House

Path to the ballot

See also: Laws governing ballot measures in Washington

The measure was sent to the ballot via the aforementioned 2007 ballot measure, Initiative 960.

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