INITIATIVE MEASURE NO. 28
W.O. Luckett, Jr./ Rory C. Reardon, 143 Yazoo Avenue, Clarksdale, MS 38614
Should cigarettes be additionally taxed at forty percent (40%) of the national
cigarette tax average with proceeds earmarked for Medicaid?
Initiative #28 would amend the Mississippi Constitution to require a new tax to
be levied on cigarettes equal to forty percent (40%) of the National Cigarette
State- Tax Average rate which shall be in addition to all other applicable taxes
on cigarettes. Ninety- eight percent (98%) of the proceeds of the new cigarette
tax shall be distributed to the state Division of Medicaid and the remaining two
percent (2%) used for administrative purposes
EXPIRATION DATE: March 4, 2010
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be placed on the ballot, a minimum of 89,285 certified signatures must be
gathered, with at least 17,857 certified signatures from each of the five
congressional districts as they existed in the year 2000. This required
number of signatures represents twelve percent (12%) of the total number of
votes cast for Governor in the last gubernatorial general election.
Signatures must be certified by county circuit clerks as belonging to registered
voters in Mississippi. A completed petition should be filed with Secretary
of State, together with a filing fee of $500.00.
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Section 273, and Mississippi Code Annotated §§ 23-17-1 through 23-17-61 (1972).