House Passes RTD Marijuana Tax Fix

(Feb. 9) — The House amended and passed SB18-088 today, sending it back to the Senate for approval.

“We’re one step closer to this vital fix for special districts becoming law. I call on my colleagues in the Senate to swiftly pass this bill so these districts can finally have some relief,” said Majority Leader KC Becker, D-Boulder, who sponsored the bill.

The bill fixes a glitch in SB17-267, the sweeping legislation that averted rural hospital closures and made available $100 million in funding that went toward transportation projects.

The House adopted amendments to SB18-088 to clarify that the affected special districts cannot retroactively collect the taxes turned off by the glitch in SB17-267. The House bill authorizes certain metropolitan districts, health assurance districts, and health services districts to levy sales taxes on retail marijuana sales regardless of whether or not these districts were levying sales tax on retail marijuana sales before July 1, 2017. The House bill also leaves it up to these districts to decide for themselves whether or not they need to ask for voter approval to collect these taxes.

Because the bill started in the Senate, and because the House made amendments to the bill, the bill now goes sent back to the Senate for approval of the House amendments.

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