Seven Initiative Petitions Relating to Local Taxes on Cigarettes or Tobacco Products Approved for Circulation for 2012 Ballot

Secretary of State Robin Carnahan today announced that seven initiative petitions relating to local taxes on cigarettes or tobacco products have met state standards for circulation.The ballot title for the first two approved petitions reads:Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to:allow voters in cities and counties to set and control local taxes on cigarettes or tobacco products within their city or county; and
use the proceeds of such taxes for local job creation, health care, public education, reduction and prevention of tobacco use, or other uses specifically approved by local voters?This proposal has no fiscal impact (change in costs, savings, or revenues) for state and local governmental entities as it will only enact enabling legislation allowing the establishment of local tobacco taxes that may or may not be submitted to and approved by voters.