State tobacco-related legislative bills that have been acted on by a state legislative committee or state legislature are listed below alphabetically by state:
Hawaii: House Bill 537, which establishes a tax on vapor products of 70% of the manufacturer’s list price effective January 1, 3000, passed House Committee on Finance on March 1, 2023. House Bill 551, which, effective June 30, 3000, prohibits the sale of flavored tobacco products, passed House Committee on Finance on March 1, 2023.
Illinois: House Bills 3112 and 3489, which amend the Tobacco Products Tax Act to cap the tax on cigars at 50 cents per cigar, were both referred to the House Revenue and Finance Committee on February 28, 2023.
Indiana: Senate Bill 419, which contains language to clarify the definition of a vapor product and to require an open system electronic cigarette retail dealer’s certificate, passed the Senate on February 27, 2023.
Iowa: House File 21, which taxes nicotine solution products at 26% of the wholesale sales price; requires a license to sell nicotine solution products, reported favorably the House Committee on Ways and Means Subcommittee agenda for February 28, 2023. House Study Bill 184 (renumbered as House File 496), which requires that any retailer that holds a permit for the retail sale of tobacco products or vapor products must permit members of the fire, police, and health departments, along with city building inspectors, county sheriffs, members of the department of public safety, and members of the department of revenue to enter the premises without a warrant during business hours to inspect for any violations of provisions of law related to the retail sale of tobacco products, reported as “do pass” from the House Committee on State Government February 24, 2023.
Minnesota: Senate File 2123, which prohibits the sale of flavored products, including menthol, passed the Senate Health and Human Service Committee and was referred to the Senate State and Local Government and Veterans Committee on March 1, 2023.
Vermont: Senate Bill 18, which bans the retail sale of flavored cigarettes, flavored OTP, e-cigarettes and e-liquids (flavored includes menthol), was heard again (opponents) in the Senate Committee on Health and Welfare on March 1 and March 2, 2023.
Utah: Senate Bill 263, which, as introduced, would have changed the way vapor products were taxed, was amended and is no longer of consequence to retailers. The following bills died by failing to meet a procedural deadline on February 28, 2023: House Bill 419, which would have added a $25 electronic cigarette product hazardous waste disposal fee to the permit fees required for tobacco specialty businesses, defined tobacco retailer to include unlicensed persons for purposes of tobacco and vapor regulation, and made other conforming changes; House Bill 438, which directed the state Department of Health and Human Services to set limits on nicotine levels for e-liquids to 360 milliliters per container or 24 milligrams per milliliter, and for e-cigarettes of 3% nicotine per container or 36 milligrams per milliliter; and Senate Bill 248, which would have allowed for temporary tobacco sales permits and for internet sales of cigars and pipe tobacco.
Virginia: The General Assembly adjourned sine die on February 25, 2023.
Washington: Senate Bill 5365, which increases penalties for sales of tobacco and vapor products to underage persons, passed Senate on February 28, 2023.