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Key Votes

HB 1204 - Tobacco Tax Increase - Key Vote

Arkansas Key Votes

Ruth Whitaker voted Nay (Passage) on this Legislation.

Read statements Ruth Whitaker made in this general time period.

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Legislation - Signed (Executive) -

Title: Tobacco Tax Increase

Legislation - Bill Passed (Senate) (28-7) - (Key vote)

Title: Tobacco Tax Increase

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that increases taxes on tobacco products.

Highlights:
-Levies an additional tax of $28.00 per 1,000 cigarettes sold in Arkansas (Sec. 4). -Lowers the minimum commissions for the sales and collection of cigarette tax stamps and for the collection of cigarette taxes from 3.8 percent to 3 percent of total aggregate cigarette tax collected (Secs. 1-2). -Levies an additional tax on the first sale of tobacco products other than cigarettes to wholesalers or retailers within the state at 36 percent of manufacturer's selling price (Sec. 5). -Requires that tax on cigarettes sold in cities close to state lines should match that of the adjoining state when it is less than the tax imposed by Arkansas law (Sec. 4). -Prohibits the sale or possession of cigarettes without the payment of applicable taxes, and specifies that the Director of Arkansas Tobacco Control Board can revoke permits or licenses of violators (Sec. 4). -Allocates funds derived from the additional cigarette taxes levied in this bill to the General Revenue Fund Account of the State Apportionment Fund (Sec. 4).
Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (75-24) - (Key vote)

Title: Tobacco Tax Increase

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that increases taxes on tobacco products.

Highlights:
-Levies an additional tax of $28.00 per 1,000 cigarettes sold in Arkansas (Sec. 4). -Lowers the minimum commissions for the sales and collection of cigarette tax stamps and for the collection of cigarette taxes from 3.8 percent to 3 percent of total aggregate cigarette tax collected (Secs. 1-2). -Levies an additional tax on the first sale of tobacco products other than cigarettes to wholesalers or retailers within the state at 36 percent of manufacturer's selling price (Sec. 5). -Requires that tax on cigarettes sold in cities close to state lines should match that of the adjoining state when it is less than the tax imposed by Arkansas law (Sec. 4). -Prohibits the sale or possession of cigarettes without the payment of applicable taxes, and specifies that the Director of Arkansas Tobacco Control Board can revoke permits or licenses of violators (Sec. 4). -Allocates funds derived from the additional cigarette taxes levied in this bill to the General Revenue Fund Account of the State Apportionment Fund (Sec. 4).
Legislation - Introduced (House) -

Title: Tobacco Tax Increase

Sponsors

  • Robert 'Gregg' Reep (AR - D) (Out Of Office)

Co-sponsors

  • Bill Abernathy (AR - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Fred Allen (AR - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Tommy Lee Baker (AR - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Nancy Duffy Blount (AR - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Jerry Brown (AR - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Richard L. Carroll (AR - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Eddie L. Cheatham (AR - D) (Out Of Office)
  • David R. Cook (AR - D) (Out Of Office)
  • David K. Dunn (AR - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Curren Everett (AR - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Billy W. Gaskill (AR - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Rick Green (AR - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Steve Harrelson (AR - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Jim W. House (AR - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Barry Hyde (AR - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Jimmy L. Jeffress (AR - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Uvalde Lindsey (AR - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Bruce Maloch (AR - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Allen Maxwell (AR - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Robert Smith Moore Jr. (AR - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Mike Patterson (AR - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Tracy Pennartz (AR - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Bobby Joe Pierce (AR - D) (Out Of Office)
  • David 'Bubba' Powers (AR - D) (Out Of Office)
  • David Rainey (AR - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Johnnie J. Roebuck (AR - D) (Out Of Office)
  • R.D. 'Rick' Saunders (AR - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Gene 'Doc' Shelby (AR - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Lindsley Smith (AR - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Tracy Steele (AR - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Linda S. Tyler (AR - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Kathy Webb (AR - D) (Out Of Office)
  • John Paul Wells (AR - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Robbie Wills (AR - D) (Out Of Office)
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