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 received concurrence in the House on April 10, 2017. The 2017 session of the General Assembly adjourned sine die on April 10, 2017.
Montana: Senate Bill 354, which increases the state cigarette tax by $1.50 per pack, increases the tax on other tobacco products an additional 24% of the wholesale price, and includes a 74% excise tax on "vapor products," was defeated in the House on April 11, 2017.
Nevada: Senate Bill 181, which increases the tax on cigarettes from $1.80 to $2.40, passed Senate Committee on Health and Human Services on April 7, 2017.
New Mexico: Senate Bill 318, which includes electronic cigarettes in the Clean Indoor Air Act, was pocket vetoed by the Governor on April 7, 2017.
New York: Assembly Bill 3009 (budget bill), which passed the Senate after a 10 cents per milliliter and modified cigar tax provision were removed from the bill, was sent to the Governor on April 9, 2017.
North Carolina: House Bill 757 regulates the display of tobacco products and cigarette wrapping papers by not allowing them to be displayed in areas that could be accessed by minors.
Oregon: House Bill 2024, which increases the tax on cigarettes by $1.00 per pack, increases the legal age to purchase and possess tobacco products and inhalant delivery systems to 21 years of age, and imposes a tax on inhalant-form nicotine at 90% of the wholesale price, was referred to the House Revenue Committee on April 10, 2017 after it was considered in a work session in the House Health Care Committee. House Bill 3296, which imposes the OTP tax of 65% of the wholesale price on tobacco substitutes, was considered in a hearing the House Revenue Committee on April 10, 2017. House Bill 3296 defines “tobacco substitute” as a product that contains nicotine and is intended to be orally ingested by a user, other than a product containing tobacco or an electronic cigarette. Senate Bill 998, which prohibits the retail sale of tobacco products or vapor products at or from premises that have not been registered with the Department of Revenue, was considered in a public hearing in the Senate Health Care Committee on April 13, 2017.
Washington: House Bill 2038, which prohibits the sale of vapor products in a self-service display, moved to the Governor’s desk on April 12, 2017. This bill contains an exemption for all retail establishments in which minors are not allowed in the store and such prohibition is posted clearly on all entrances.
Wisconsin: Assembly Bill 225, which prohibits self-service display of tobacco products except in age-restricted areas, was introduced on April 10, 2017.