California Initiative to Regulate the Timber Industry (2014)

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A California Initiative to Regulate the Timber Industry (#13-0001), an initiated state statute, has been approved for circulation in California as a contender for the November 4, 2014 ballot.

If the initiative qualifies for the ballot and is approved by the state's voters, it will:

  • Impose a harvest tax on timber and other forest products at rate of 33% of profits on product from public lands and 8% of profits on product from private lands.
  • Exempt other forest products harvested on Native American lands, and timber harvested from private lands solely for private noncommercial use.
  • Establish a department to collect and allocate the tax, and oversee timber harvesting and environmental protection and restoration.
  • Transfer Department of Forestry and Fire Protection timber harvest oversight responsibilities to the new department.
  • Prohibit use of new revenues by other state agencies or federal government.

Supporters of the measure refer to it as the "Statewide Voter Initiative to Reform and Regulate the Timber Industry in California".

Text of measure

Ballot title:

Tax to Fund Increased Oversight of Timber Industry. Initiative Statute.

Official summary:

"Imposes harvest tax on timber and other forest products at rate of 33% of profits on product from public lands, 8% of profits on product from private lands. Exempts other forest products harvested on Native American lands, and timber harvested from private lands solely for private noncommercial use. Establishes department to collect and allocate tax, and oversee timber harvesting and environmental protection and restoration. Transfers Department of Forestry and Fire Protection timber harvest oversight responsibilities to new department. Prohibits use of new revenues by other state agencies or federal government."

Fiscal impact estimate:

" It is the opinion of the Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance that the measure would result in a substantial net change in state finances."

Path to the ballot

See also: California signature requirements

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