State tobacco-related legislative bills that have been acted on by a state legislative committee or state legislature are listed below alphabetically by state:
Colorado: Senate Bill 126, which modifies the definitions for “traditional large and premium cigars” to ensure that all traditional large and premium cigars are subject to the tobacco products excise tax of 40% of the manufacturer’s list price, was referred to the House Business Affairs and Labor Committee on February 14, 2018.
Florida: House Bill 1029/Senate Bill 1288 raises the legal purchase age for tobacco and vapor products to 21, on Senate Rules Committee agenda for February 14, 2018.
Hawaii: House Bill 1636, which, increases the annual license fee for tobacco retailers from $2.50 to $500.00, the tobacco tax on cigarettes and little cigars from $3.20 per pack to $4.50 per pack and the tax on other tobacco products (not including large cigars) from 70% to 80% of the wholesale price, was amended on February 13, 2018 to have an effective date of July 1, 3000. House Bill 1907, which prohibits sales of tobacco products by the Internet or mail order, passed House Committee on Consumer Protection and Commerce on February 7, 2018 with an amendment which makes it effective July 1, 2050. House Bill 2492, which, effective July 1, 3000, prohibits shipments of tobacco products to anyone other than a licensee and applies the tobacco products tax to e-liquids, passed House Committee on Consumer Protection and Commerce on February 13, 2018. Senate Bill 2304, which, as amended, prohibits the sale of tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, within 500 feet of public or private schools, public parks and playgrounds, grandfathering in licensees until December 1, 2019, passed Senate Committee on Judiciary on February 7, 2018. Senate Bill 2654, which prohibits shipments of tobacco products to anyone other than a licensee and applies the tobacco products tax to e-liquids, passed Senate Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection and Health on February 8, 2018. Senate Bill 2843, which increases the tax on large cigars from $0.50 to the lesser of $1.00 each or 50% of the wholesale price plus $0.50 each, passed Senate Committee on Ways and Means on February 13, 2018 with an amendment (not yet available.)
Idaho: Senate Bill 1255, which increases the legal age to purchase tobacco and vapor products from 18 to 21 years of age, and also prohibits the possession and use of tobacco and vapor products by anyone under 21 years of age, was defeated in the Senate State Affairs Committee on February 14, 2018.
Maryland: House Bill 47, which amends existing law to remove the prohibition on electronic nicotine delivery systems retailers of selling to consumers through the mail, by telephone or electronic network, passed the House on February 13, 2018 and referred to the Senate Finance Committee on February 14, 2018.
Nebraska: Legislative Bill 1117, increases the tax on cigarettes by $1.50 per pack, increases the tax on OTP from 20% to 45% of the purchase price, and increases the tax on snuff from $.44 to $1.00 per ounce, was considered by the Revenue Committee in a hearing on February 15, 2018. Legislative Bill 1087, which modifies the tax on cigars, stogies, and cheroots to place a maximum tax of 50 cents per cigar, stogie, or cheroots, was considered in a hearing in the Revenue Committee on February 15, 2018.
New Hampshire: Senate Bill 409, which changes the tax on moist snuff from 65.03% of wholesale to $1.68 per ounce, reported as recommended for interim study from the Senate Ways and Means Committee on February 14, 2018. Senate Bill 545, which raises the legal age to purchase tobacco products to 21, was tabled and is effectively dead for this year.
Oklahoma: House Bill 1033b, which increases the tax on cigarettes by $1.50 per pack, modifies the excise tax on little cigars to require the tax to be equal to the excise tax imposed on cigarettes, and also increases the excise tax on chewing tobacco, smokeless tobacco and snuff by 10% of the factory list price (from 60% to 70% of the factory list price), failed to garner enough votes to pass through the House. The bill received a 63-35 vote, falling short of the supermajority vote (76 votes) required. Since the bill received a high enough number of votes, it is now eligible to be placed on the next general election ballot upon Senate approval. HB1033b moved to the Senate on February 12, 2018.
South Dakota: House Bill 1250, which increases the legal age to purchase tobacco products and vapor products from 18 to 21 years of age, failed to pass the House on February 14, 2018.
Virginia: Senate Bill 510 would authorize any county to levy a cigarette excise tax not to exceed 5 cents per pack or amount levied under state law, whichever is greater and tax is approved by referendum, moved to Senate Finance Committee.
Washington: House Bill 1054, which increases the legal age to purchase tobacco and vapor products from 18 to 21 years age, was placed on second reading by the House Rules Committee on February 8, 2018.