State tobacco-related legislative bills that have been acted on by a state legislative committee or state legislature are listed below alphabetically by state:
Alaska: Senate Bill 15, which prohibits minors from purchasing or possessing electronic smoking products and requires any person who sells electronic smoking products to obtain a business license, passed the House Labor and Commerce Committee on April 2, 2018.
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, failed in the House on April 3, 2018.
Hawaii: Senate Bill 2654, which, effective July 1, 3000, prohibits shipments of tobacco products to anyone other than a licensee, applies the tobacco products tax to e-liquids, and increases the tax on all tobacco products by an unspecified amount, passed the House Committee on Finance with an amendment (not yet available) on April 4, 2018.
Kentucky: House Bill 366, which was referred to a conference committee, reported from the conference committee with the $.50 cigarette tax increase and floor tax. The conference committee report was adopted by the Senate and the House on April 2, 2018. The bill has been delivered to Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin who has announced that he will veto House Bill 366. The legislature will reconvene later this week for the “veto session“ at which a vote could be taken to override the Governor's veto. HB366 passed by a narrow margin, making an override vote problematic, but still possible.
Maryland: Senate Bill 90, 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 April 4, 2018.
New York: Senate Bill 7509 (Governor’s budget bill—substituted for Assembly Bill 9509), which had included a new tax on vapor products at $.10 per fluid milliliter, was amended to remove the vapor tax and cigar related language. It passed out of committee, passed the Senate and passed the Assembly on March 30, 2018.
Wisconsin: Senate Bill 488, which allows the use of Tribal identification cards as proof of age for purchasing tobacco products, was signed by the Governor on April 3, 2018. The following bills died March 28, 2018 by missing a procedural deadline: Assembly Bill 225, which prohibits self-service display of tobacco products except in age-restricted areas; Assembly Bill 413, which prohibits self-service displays of tobacco products except vending machines, stores receiving at least 90% of revenues from tobacco sales that prohibit minors from entering, and cigar rooms off-limits to minors; and Senate Bill 307, which prohibits self-service displays of tobacco products except vending machines, stores receiving at least 75% of revenues from tobacco sales that prohibit minors from entering, and cigar rooms off-limits to minors.