Tax bills fail to advance out of California Senate committee

Published: Friday, May. 24, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 4A
Last Modified: Tuesday, May. 28, 2013 - 9:15 am

Measures aimed at creating new taxes on Californians were held by the Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday, making it extremely unlikely that the taxes on cigarettes, soda, strip clubs, plastic bags or oil extraction will become law this year.

The committee, which reviews all bills with a cost implication for the state, considered 257 bills Thursday as it went through the so-called "suspense file." Members allowed 185 of those to advance to the next stage – a vote on the Senate floor.

All together, those bills, if enacted, would cost the state $347 million, said Mark Hedlund, a spokesman for Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg.

The 72 bills that were held by the committee would have cost the state a cumulative $3.2 billion, Hedlund said, and would have created $5 billion in new taxes. Bills that are not moving forward include the following:

• SB 768, by Sen. Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles, which would have raised taxes on cigarettes by $2 a pack to pay for health care programs.

• SB 782, by Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, which sought a $10-per-person tax on businesses that sell booze and offer nude entertainment, to pay for sexual assault prevention and treatment.

• SB 241 by Sen. Noreen Evans, D-Santa Rosa, which would have put a 9.9 percent tax on extracting oil and spent the money on higher education.

• SB 622 by Sen. Bill Monning, D-Carmel, which would have taxed sodas and other sugary drinks to pay for health programs related to childhood obesity.

• SB 700 by Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, which sought a 5-cent tax on paper or plastic shopping bags to raise money for parks and litter abatement.

Call Laurel Rosenhall, Bee Capitol Bureau, (916) 321-1083. Follow her on Twitter @laurelrosenhall.

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