Coloradans Gained’t Vote On Vaping Tax In First Legislative Defeat For Gov. Jared Polis
The proposed ballot initiative was a late precedence for Polis, who requested lawmakers to send the tax enhance question to voters with just 10 days left within the session.
Thursday night, on second reading of the invoice within the Senate, only nine Democrats stood in assist of it. It wanted at the least 18 votes to pass.
"The Governor is upset by the decision to take this selection out of the fingers of Colorado voters," Polis’ office mentioned in a statement. "This measure would have reduced our staggering rates of teenybopper vaping while growing funding for early childhood training and saving people cash on healthcare."
The legislation would have raised taxes on a pack of cigarettes from $0.84 to $2.59 — an almost 200% increase. It also would have increased the tax on all other nicotine merchandise from forty% to sixty two% of the listed manufacturer price. The legislature was also going to ask voters to approve adding vape juice, or e-liquids, to the list of merchandise covered by that nicotine product tax.
State Sen. Rhonda Fields, the Aurora Democrat who sponsored the laws, said she was "blindsided" by the vote. She didn't have instant plans to place the question to voters by a daily poll initiative process.
Opponents applauded the invoice’s failure.
"If we are to effectively combat teen nicotine use, we must accomplish that with out attacking adults who are utilizing e-cigarettes to add years back to their lives and with out ignoring the majority of Colorado voters who mentioned no to a regressive tobacco tax improve just a few years ago," said Sage Naumann Republican, spokesperson for Senate Republicans.