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HB21-1321

Voter Transparency In Ballot Measures

Concerning voter transparency requirements to increase information about the fiscal impact of statewide ballot measures that would result in a change in district revenue, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
Session:
2021 Regular Session
Subject:
Elections & Redistricting
Bill Summary

The bill requires that certain language appear at the beginning of a ballot title for an initiated measure that would either increase or decrease tax revenue through a tax policy change. In the case of a measure that would reduce state tax revenue through a tax policy change, the ballot title must begin "Shall funding available for state services that include but are not limited to (the three largest areas of program expenditures) be impacted by a reduction of (projected dollar figure of revenue reduction to the state in the first full fiscal year that the measure reduces revenue) in tax revenue...?". In the case of a measure that would reduce local district property tax revenue through a tax policy change, the ballot title must begin "Shall funding available for public services offered by counties, school districts, water districts, fire districts, and other districts funded, at least in part, by property taxes be impacted by a reduction of (projected dollar figure of revenue reduction to all districts in the first full fiscal year that the measure reduces revenue) in property tax revenue...?". In the case of a measure that would increase tax revenue for any district through a tax policy change, after the language required by section 20 (3)(c) of article X of the state constitution, the ballot title must state either "in order to increase or improve levels of public services", or, if applicable, "in order to increase or improve levels of public services, including, but not limited to (the program expenditure that the measure states will receive increased funding)".

The bill also creates additional requirements for the fiscal summary of an initiated measure that would increase or decrease the individual income tax rate or state sales tax rate. The bill requires the fiscal summary for such a measure to include a table that shows the average tax burden change for a filer in different income categories.

The bill changes the requirements for the ballot information booklet entry for certain measures. The bill requires the ballot information booklet entry for an initiated measure that would increase or decrease income tax revenue or state sales tax revenue to include a table that shows the number of tax filers in designated income categories, the total tax burden change for each of those income categories, and the average tax burden change for a filer within each of those income categories. If an initiated measure includes a tax policy change that reduces state tax revenue, the bill requires the ballot information booklet to include a description of the 3 largest areas of program expenditure funded by the affected revenue stream.


(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

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