Coloradans Received’t Vote On Vaping Tax In First Legislative Defeat For Gov. Jared Polis
The proposed poll initiative was a late priority for Polis, who requested lawmakers to send the tax enhance question to voters with just 10 days left in the session.
Thursday evening, on second reading of the bill within the Senate, only 9 Democrats stood in help of it. It needed not less than 18 votes to pass.
"The Governor is disappointed by the decision to take this choice out of the hands of Colorado voters," Polis’ office stated in a statement. "This measure would have reduced our staggering rates of teenage vaping while rising funding for early childhood training and saving people cash on healthcare."
The laws would have raised taxes on a pack of cigarettes from $0.84 to $2.59 — a virtually 200% increase. It additionally would have increased the tax on all other nicotine merchandise from 40% to 62% of the listed producer price. The legislature was additionally going to ask voters to approve adding vape juice, or e-liquids, to the list of products covered by that nicotine product tax.
State Sen. Rhonda Fields, the Aurora Democrat who sponsored the legislation, stated she was "blindsided" by the vote. She did not have speedy plans to put the query to voters by way of a daily ballot initiative process.
Opponents applauded the invoice’s failure.
"If we're to successfully fight teen nicotine use, we must do so without attacking adults who're utilizing e-cigarettes to add years back to their lives and with out ignoring the vast majority of Colorado voters who mentioned no to a regressive tobacco tax enhance just a couple of years ago," said Sage Naumann, spokesperson for Senate Republicans.