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SB-622 Taxation: sweetened beverage tax: Children’s Health Promotion Fund.(2013-2014)

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Amended  IN  Senate  May 08, 2013
Amended  IN  Senate  April 15, 2013


Senate Bill
No. 622

Introduced by Senator Monning
(Coauthor: S fluid ounce and for the privilege of distributing concentrates in this state, either as concentrate or as sweetened beverages derived from that concentrate, at the rate of $0.01 per fluid ounce of sweetened beverage to be produced from concentrate. The tax would be administered by the State Board of Equalization and would be collected pursuant to the procedures set forth in the Fee Collection Procedures Law. This bill would exempt from the tax, among other things, the distribution in this state of bottled sweetened beverages or concentrate made by a distributor to another distributor registered with the board and supported by an exemption certificate that consists of a statement signed under penalty of perjury.
By expanding the definition of the existing crime of perjury and by expanding the application of the Fee Collection Procedures Law, the violation of which is a crime, this bill imposes a state-mandated local program.
The bill would require the board to deposit all taxes, penalties, and interest collected, less refunds and administrative costs, in the Children’s Health Promotion Fund, which this bill would create. This bill would require all moneys in the fund, upon appropriation by the Legislature, to be allocated to the State Department of Public Health and Superintendent of Public Instruction, as specified, for the purposes of statewide childhood obesity prevention activities and programs and to provide funds to either the University of California or the California State University to conduct a specified report. This bill would also authorize the State Public Health Officer and the Superintendent of Public Instruction to make rules and regulations, and provide procedural measures, to bring into effect those purposes.
This bill would make legislative findings and declarations relating to the consumption of sweetened beverages, childhood obesity, and dental disease.
This bill would include a change in state statute that would result in a taxpayer paying a higher tax within the meaning of Section 3 of Article XIII  A of the California Constitution, and thus would require for passage the approval of 2/3 of the membership of each house of the Legislature.
The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.
This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.