I-1634, a ban on local soda and grocery taxes, approved

Local governments looking for more tax money will have to look somewhere else than soda.

Initiative 1634, which would ban cities and counties from placing new taxes on sugary drinks or other grocery items, seemed likely to pass Tuesday night as ballots from around the state were being counted.

I-1634 could best be described as a prophylactic measure. It will prevent other local governments from levying taxes like the Seattle soda tax, although none are currently on the horizon and it does not repeal the Seattle measure.

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