Michigan: The following bills were introduced on May 2, 2017: House Bill 4577, which requires electronic smoking devices to be in child-resistant packaging; and House Bill 4578, which raises the cigarette tax from $2.00 per pack to $3.50 per pack, adds electronic smoking devices to be taxed at the same rate as non-cigarette tobacco products, and raises the tax on those products from 20% of the wholesale price to 81% of the wholesale price.
New York: Assembly Bill 7493 (same as SB5590) requires electronic cigarette packing to include a warning that the product may pose an explosion hazard. Assembly Bill 7529 raises the minimum sales age for tobacco products and vapor products from 18 to 19, unless an individual is 18 years of age and serving in the United States military.
Pennsylvania: House Bill 1309 expands the state smoking ban by eliminating most exemptions, including the exemption for tobacco shops.
Alaska: Senate Bill 63, which prohibits smoking and e-cigarette use in enclosed areas in public places, including sports arenas, public transportation vehicles, retail shopping stores, hotels, motels, government buildings, restaurants, bars, educational facilities, health care facilities, and places of employments, received a “Pass Recommendation” from the House Community and Regional Affairs Committee on April 28, 2017.
California: Senate Bill 631, which prohibits retailers that primarily sell tobacco products from selling nitrous oxide, passed Senate Appropriations Committee on May 8.
Colorado: Senate Bill 139, which permanently extends the ability for distributors to claim a credit for taxes paid on tobacco products that are shipped or transported by the distributor to a consumer outside the state, was vetoed by the Governor on April 28, 2017.
Connecticut: House Bill 5384, which was substituted to raise the legal age for the purchase and use of tobacco products to 21, except for any person who...Read more...
Iowa: Senate Bill 516, which regulates delivery sales of vapor products and subjects them to sales and use tax.
New York: Senate Bill 5590 requires electronic cigarette packing to include a warning that the product may pose an explosion hazard.
The following bills had action taken recently by state legislatures:
Colorado: Senate Bill 139, which permanently extends the ability for distributors to claim a credit for taxes paid on tobacco products that are shipped or transported by the distributor to a consumer outside the state, moved to the Governor’s desk on April 18, 2017.
Delaware: The Governor’s proposed budget, which increases the cigarette tax by $1.00 per pack, the OTP tax from 15% to 30% and includes moist snuff and e-cigarettes in the definition of OTP, is expected to be heard in the House Revenue and Finance Committee on April 26, 2017.
Nevada: Assembly Bill 269, which provides for regulation of vapor products, removes vapor products from the current tax of 30% of the wholesale price and, in its place, imposes a tax of 5 cents per milliliter of consumable vapor products, passed the Assembly Committee on Taxation on April 14.
Oregon: Senate Bill 235, which prohibits the retail sale of vapor products without a license, was considered in a work session in the Senate Health Care Committee on April 18, 2017. Senate Bill 998, which prohibits the sale of tobacco products and vapor products without being registered with the state, was considered in a work session in the Senate Health Care Committee on April 18, 2017. House Bill 3296, which imposes the OTP tax of 65% of the wholesale price on tobacco substitutes, will be considered in a work session in the House Revenue Committee on April 24, 2017. Senate Bill 754, which increases the legal age to purchase tobacco and vapor products from 18 to 21 years of age, will be considered in a public hearing in the House Health Care Committee on April 24, 2017.
The following bills had action recently by state legislatures:
Alaska: Senate Bill 15, which prohibits the sale and use of electronic cigarettes by minors, passed the House Judiciary Committee and was referred to the House Finance Committee on April 10, 2017.
Indiana: Senate Bill 1, which removes date restrictions in the e-liquids statutes and removes certain requirements for an initial e-liquids manufacturing permit, was refused concurrence by the Senate on April 10, 2017.
Maine: Senate Bill 391 (LD11970), which raises the minimum sales age for tobacco products and vapor products from 18 to 21, is scheduled for a hearing in the Joint Committee on Health & Human Services on April 21, 2017.
Maryland: House Bill 523, which requires a license to act as an electronic nicotine delivery system manufacturer, retailer, storage warehouse, vape shop vendor or wholesaler, passed the Senate and...Read more...