State tobacco-related legislative bills that have been acted on by a state legislative committee or state legislature are listed below alphabetically by state:
Maine: LD221 (Governor’s budget changes which had included a flavor ban), was approved by the House and Senate (without a flavor ban) and signed by the Governor on June 30, 2021. LD1550, which prohibits the sale of all flavored tobacco products and ENDS, is “unfinished business” with the legislature in recess until July 19, 2021.
Minnesota: House File 9A, the state budget tax bill, does not include any new tobacco taxes; however, it does change the definition of a “Nicotine Solution Product”. The bill passed House Ways and Means on June 28th as amended. The amendment corrected concerns regarding the definition of “Nicotine Solution Product” to reflect current Department of Revenue practice of not taxing vape devices other than those as part of the nicotine that could not be separated from a kit. The bill was signed by the Governor on July 1st.
Ohio: House Bill 110, the state budget bill, was targeted by advocates for an expanded county-level tax on cigarettes and OTP to support the arts in counties with populations of 200,000 or more (15 total counties). HB110 was adopted without the tax proposal and signed by the Governor on June 30, 2021. Senate Bill 40, which regards cigarette minimum pricing by making clarifications to current law, was signed by the Governor on July 1, 2021.
Wisconsin: Assembly Bill 68, the State Budget Act, was amended on May 6th with a substitute amended that removed several tobacco provisions that were introduced as part of the Governor’s Budget Proposal. Provisions removed relating to tobacco and vapor products, included increasing the age to 21 to purchase tobacco products, a license requirement to sell vape products, prohibits vaping indoors and near schools, imposes the “Manufacturer’s List Price Tax” of 71% of the manufacturer’s list price on vapor products, and redefines “little cigars” to tax these products at the same rate as cigarettes, and establishes a definition for “Manufacturer’s List Price”. Action was taken by the Governor on July 8th and the bill has been enacted.