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House of Representatives
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: January 4, 2017 02:52 PM
From: Representative Thomas P. Murt
To: All House members
Subject: Additional Cigarette Tax to Fund Adult Intellectual Disabilities & Autism Waiting List Account (Prior HB 995)
As of November 30, 2016, 13,437 adults were on a waiting list for services related to intellectual disabilities and autism. In the near future, I intend to reintroduce legislation creating a special account in the Treasury to be used to fund the waiting list for these types of services.

To fund the Adult Intellectual Disabilities and Autism Waiting List Account, the bill will impose an additional $0.04 tax on cigarettes sold in PA. The additional tax would be imposed, levied, and collected in the same manner as the existing statewide cigarette tax. In addition, limitations in the bill will prevent funds in the account from being used to supplant resources for existing community resources. To assure that individuals receiving services are able to provide input into the design or delivery of services he/she receives, funds shall also be used in accordance with consumer-centered planning practices.

Introduced as HB626