The following bills had action taken recently by state legislatures:
Colorado: Senate Bill 139, which permanently extends the ability for distributors to claim a credit for taxes paid on tobacco products that are shipped or transported by the distributor to a consumer outside the state, moved to the Governor’s desk on April 18, 2017.
Delaware: The Governor’s proposed budget, which increases the cigarette tax by $1.00 per pack, the OTP tax from 15% to 30% and includes moist snuff and e-cigarettes in the definition of OTP, is expected to be heard in the House Revenue and Finance Committee on April 26, 2017.
Nevada: Assembly Bill 269, which provides for regulation of vapor products, removes vapor products from the current tax of 30% of the wholesale price and, in its place, imposes a tax of 5 cents per milliliter of consumable vapor products, passed the Assembly Committee on Taxation on April 14.
Oregon: Senate Bill 235, which prohibits the retail sale of vapor products without a license, was considered in a work session in the Senate Health Care Committee on April 18, 2017. Senate Bill 998, which prohibits the sale of tobacco products and vapor products without being registered with the state, was considered in a work session in the Senate Health Care Committee on April 18, 2017. House Bill 3296, which imposes the OTP tax of 65% of the wholesale price on tobacco substitutes, will be considered in a work session in the House Revenue Committee on April 24, 2017. Senate Bill 754, which increases the legal age to purchase tobacco and vapor products from 18 to 21 years of age, will be considered in a public hearing in the House Health Care Committee on April 24, 2017.