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Jared Polis’ plan to ask voters for nicotine tax overwhelmingly rejected by Colorado Senate

Jesse Paul
The Colorado Sun
House Bill 1333 would have asked voters in November to approve a uniform 62 percent tax on nicotine products.
Denver Post file photo

The Colorado Senate on Thursday night rejected Gov. Jared Polis’ plan to ask voters to approve a uniform nicotine tax, with Democrats in the chamber overwhelmingly voting down the effort.

House Bill 1333 died on an unrecorded, division vote, with members in the chamber standing to signal if they are for or against the measure. The Colorado Sun counted just nine senators, all of them Democrats, in support in the 35-member chamber.

There are 19 total Democrats in the Senate.

“I was blindsided,” said Sen. Rhonda Fields, an Aurora Democrat who brought the bill. “… I just don’t think it had a chance, being in the last few hours. I’m disappointed, but bills do die. I did think it had more votes.”

Polis and Democrats introduced the plan last week at a news conference, flanked by health officials and DaVita CEO Kent Thiry, hailing it as a solution to Colorado’s teen vaping problem and a way to cut back on tobacco use across the board.

Read the full story via The Colorado Sun.

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