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Initiative information

This fall, voters will decide the fate of the following two initiatives.

Initiative 1366: State taxes and fees

This measure would decrease the state retail sales tax rate on April 15, 2016, from 6.5 percent to 5.5 percent. The sales tax rate would not be decreased if, by April 15, 2016, two-thirds of both legislative houses refer to the ballot a vote on a constitutional amendment that requires two-thirds legislative approval or voter approval to raise taxes, and majority legislative approval to set the amount of a fee increase.

Full initiative text

OFM’s fiscal impact statement

DOR’s fiscal impact statement

Yes on 1366

No on 1366

Initiative 1401: Trafficking of animals threatened with extinction

This measure would prohibit sale, purchase, trading, or distribution of elephant, rhinoceros, tiger, lion, leopard, cheetah, pangolin, marine turtle, shark, or ray species listed as endangered or vulnerable in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species or the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s red list, including items made from listed species. Violations would be a gross misdemeanor or class-C felony. It would exempt certain distributions, including musical instruments and transfers for educational purposes.

Full initiative text

OFM’s fiscal impact statement

Yes on 1401

No on 1401 Coming soon

AWC’s role

AWC does not take positions for or against any ballot initiative. AWC’s role is to provide its members with educational materials that can be shared with elected officials, staff and the community. In addition, please review the PDC’s guidelines for elected and appointed officials' participation in ballot proposition activity.