Calif. Tobacco Tax Proposal Draws Fire From Lawmakers

Law360, San Diego (May 1, 2012, 11:12 PM EDT) -- A California ballot initiative that proposes to raise the state tobacco sales tax by $1 drew concerns at a hearing Tuesday that it could increase smuggling of cigarettes into the state and would create an independent panel without any oversight.

The Health Committee and the Revenue and Taxation Committee held a joint informational hearing to review Proposition 29, which seeks to add a dollar to the existing 87 cents tax on each pack of cigarettes and other tobacco products. The measure, authored by the American Cancer...
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