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Bill Detail: HB21-1321

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Title Voter Transparency In Ballot Measures
Status Sent to the Governor (06/21/2021)
Bill Subjects
  • Elections & Redistricting
House Sponsors C. Kennedy (D)
M. Weissman (D)
Senate Sponsors D. Moreno (D)
B. Pettersen (D)
House Committee State, Civic, Military and Veterans Affairs
Senate Committee State, Veterans and Military Affairs
Date Introduced 05/18/2021
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.

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