Sunday, March 4, 2012

Maryland Call to Action (Ended)


Maryland Tobacco Tax Initiative

Link to SB631
Link to HB1153

These bills would:
Cause smokeless tobacco products to be taxed at 5-6 times the current tax (the Senate bill would increase tax to 70%, the House bill would tax it at 95%.)


Companion bills have been introduced to both the Senate (SB631) and the House of Representatives (HB1153).  The Senate bill has been referred to the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee, and the House bill to the House Ways and Means Committee and House Health and Government Operations Committee.  The Senate Budget and Taxation Committee will hold a public hearing on SB631 on Wednesday, March 7th at 1:00pm; the House Ways and Means Committee will hold a public hearing on HB1153 on Friday, March 9th at 1:00pm.  Public testimony will be allowed from attendees wishing to speak. We strongly encourage local tobacco harm reduction advocates to attend these meetings. If you would like assistance with what to say, please contact us atboard@casaa.org.

Please call, write or fax the members of the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee below.
(When writing to the Senate refer to SB2819, with the House refer to HB2557.)

1. Let them know that you oppose a tax increase on smokeless tobacco products.

2. Tell your story on how switching from cigarettes to a far less hazardous smoke-free tobacco product has changed your life.

3. Explain that the purpose of increasing cigarette tax rates was to reimburse state expenditures for treating the many diseases caused by cigarette smoking.  Because smokeless tobacco products have been found to be around 99% less harmful than cigarettes, there is no justification for such an outrageously excessive tax, which would discourage smokers from switching to a less harmful alternative.

4. Because smokeless tobacco products are taxed at a much lower rate in neighboring states, many or most smokeless tobacco users in MD will travel a short distance to a neighboring state to buy tobacco, which will result in very little tax revenue increase for Maryland.  Adjacent states include:  PA (no smokeless tax), WV (7% of wholesale price), VA (10% of manufacturer's price) and DE (15% of wholesale price).

5.  Sharply increasing the smokeless tobacco tax rate also will encourage former smokers who had switched to using smokeless tobacco products to return to smoking.

6. Tell them that by switching to a smokeless product, you have greatly reduced your health risks.

7. Direct them to the CASAA.org website for more information.

Contact information

Senate Budget and Taxation Committee (B&T) - SB631

Comma delimited email list: 
Edward.Kasemeyer@senate.state.md.us, Nathaniel.McFadden@senate.state.md.us, David.Brinkley@senate.state.md.us, Nancy.King@senate.state.md.us, Richard.Colburn@senate.state.md.us, Richard.Madaleno@senate.state.md.us, Roger.Manno@senate.state.md.us, James.DeGrange@senate.state.md.us, Douglas.Peters@senate.state.md.us, George.Edwards@senate.state.md.us, James.Robey@senate.state.md.us, Verna.Jones@senate.state.md.us

Semicolon delimited list: 
Edward.Kasemeyer@senate.state.md.us; Nathaniel.McFadden@senate.state.md.us; David.Brinkley@senate.state.md.us; Nancy.King@senate.state.md.us; Richard.Colburn@senate.state.md.us; Richard.Madaleno@senate.state.md.us; Roger.Manno@senate.state.md.us; James.DeGrange@senate.state.md.us; Douglas.Peters@senate.state.md.us; George.Edwards@senate.state.md.us; James.Robey@senate.state.md.us; Verna.Jones@senate.state.md.us

3 West, Miller Senate Building, Annapolis, MD 21401
(410-841-3690 Annapolis/Baltimore or 301-858-3690 Washington, D.C.)

Chair: Edward J. Kasemeyer
Edward.Kasemeyer@senate.state.md.us
3 West Miller Senate Bldg.
11 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401-1991
410-841-3653 or 301-858-3653

Vice Chair: Nathaniel J. McFadden
Nathaniel.McFadden@senate.state.md.us
422 Miller Senate Bldg.
11 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401-1991
410-841-3165

David R. Brinkley
David.Brinkley@senate.state.md.us
420 James Senate Office Bldg.
11 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401-1991
301-858-3704 or 410-841-3704

Nancy J. King
Nancy.King@senate.state.md.us
222 James Senate Office Bldg.
11 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401-1991
301-858-3686

Richard F. Colburn
Richard.Colburn@senate.state.md.us
315 James Senate Office Bldg.
11 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401-1991
410-841-3590

Richard S. Madaleno, Jr.
Richard.Madaleno@senate.state.md.us
203 James Senate Office Bldg.
11 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401-1991
301-858-3137

Ulysses Currie
Ulysses.Currie@senate.state.md.us
201 James Senate Bldg.
11 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401-1991
301-858-3127

Roger P. Manno
Roger.Manno@senate.state.md.us
3 West Miller Senate Building
11 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401-1991
301-858-3151

James E. DeGrange, Sr.
James.DeGrange@senate.state.md.us
101 James Senate Office Bldg.
11 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401-1991
410-841-3593 or 301-858-3593

Douglas J. J. Peters
Douglas.Peters@senate.state.md.us
121 James Senate Office Bldg.
11 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401-1991
301-858-3631

George C. Edwards
George.Edwards@senate.state.md.us
322 James Senate Office Bldg.
11 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401-1991
301-858-3565

James N. Robey
James.Robey@senate.state.md.us
120 James Senate Office Bldg.
11 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401-1991
301-858-3572 or 410-841-3572

Verna L. Jones-Rodwell
Verna.Jones@senate.state.md.us
420 Miller Senate Bldg.
11 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401-1991
410-841-3612

House Ways and Means Committee (W&M) - HB1153

Room 131, House Office Building, Annapolis, MD 21401-1912
(410-841-3469 Annapolis/Baltimore or 301-858-3469 Washington, D.C.)

Comma delimited list: 
Sheila.Hixson@house.state.md.us, Samuel.Rosenberg@house.state.md.us, Kathy.Afzali@house.state.md.us, Anne.Kaiser@house.state.md.us, Kumar.Barve@house.state.md.us, Eric.Luedtke@house.state.md.us, Joseph.Boteler@house.state.md.us, Aruna.Miller@house.state.md.us, Talmadge.Branch@house.state.md.us, LeRoy.Myers@house.state.md.us, Jon.Cardin@house.state.md.us, Justin.Ross@house.state.md.us, Andrew.Serafini@house.state.md.us, Bill.Frick@house.state.md.us, Melvin.Stukes@house.state.md.us, Ron.George@house.state.md.us, Michael.Summers@house.state.md.us, Glen.Glass@house.state.md.us, Frank.Turner@house.state.md.us, Carolyn.Howard@house.state.md.us, Jay.Walker@house.state.md.us, Jolene.Ivey@house.state.md.us

Semicolon delimited list: 
Sheila.Hixson@house.state.md.us; Samuel.Rosenberg@house.state.md.us; Kathy.Afzali@house.state.md.us; Anne.Kaiser@house.state.md.us; Kumar.Barve@house.state.md.us; Eric.Luedtke@house.state.md.us; Joseph.Boteler@house.state.md.us; Aruna.Miller@house.state.md.us; Talmadge.Branch@house.state.md.us; LeRoy.Myers@house.state.md.us; Jon.Cardin@house.state.md.us; Justin.Ross@house.state.md.us; Andrew.Serafini@house.state.md.us; Bill.Frick@house.state.md.us; Melvin.Stukes@house.state.md.us; Ron.George@house.state.md.us; Michael.Summers@house.state.md.us; Glen.Glass@house.state.md.us; Frank.Turner@house.state.md.us; Carolyn.Howard@house.state.md.us; Jay.Walker@house.state.md.us; Jolene.Ivey@house.state.md.us

Chair: Sheila E. Hixson
Sheila.Hixson@house.state.md.us
131 House Office Bldg.
6 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401-1991
301-858-3469

Vice Chair: Samuel I. Rosenberg
Samuel.Rosenberg@house.state.md.us
131 House Office Bldg.
6 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401-1991
410-841-3297

Kathryn L. Afzali
Kathy.Afzali@house.state.md.us
319 House Office Bldg.
6 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401-1991
301-858-3800

Anne R. Kaiser
Anne.Kaiser@house.state.md.us
151 House Office Bldg.
6 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401-1991
301-858-3036

Kumar P. Barve
Kumar.Barve@house.state.md.us
361 House Office Bldg.
6 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401-1991
301-858-3464

Eric G. Luedtke
Eric.Luedtke@house.state.md.us
222 House Office Bldg.
6 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401-1991
410-841-3110 or 301-858-3110

Joseph C. Boteler III
Joseph.Boteler@house.state.md.us
326 House Office Bldg.
6 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401-1991
410-841-3365

Aruna Miller
Aruna.Miller@house.state.md.us
225 House Office Bldg.
6 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401-1991
301-858-3090

Talmadge Branch
Talmadge.Branch@house.state.md.us
151 House Office Bldg.
6 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401-1991
410-841-3398

LeRoy E. Myers, Jr.
LeRoy.Myers@house.state.md.us
215 House Office Bldg.
6 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401-1991
301-858-3321

Jon S. Cardin
Jon.Cardin@house.state.md.us
304 House Office Bldg.
6 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401-1991
410-841-3833

Justin D. Ross
Justin.Ross@house.state.md.us
151 House Office Bldg.
6 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401-1991
301-858-3652

Mark N. Fisher
Mark.Fisher@house.state.md.us
151 House Office Bldg.
6 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401-1991
301-858-3652

Andrew A. Serafini
Andrew.Serafini@house.state.md.us
215 House Office Building
6 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401-1991
301-858-3447

C. William Frick
Bill.Frick@house.state.md.us
219 House Office Building
6 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401-1991
301-858-3454

Melvin L. Stukes
Melvin.Stukes@house.state.md.us
412 House Office Bldg.
6 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401-1991
410-841-3544

Ron George
Ron.George@house.state.md.us
163 House Office Bldg.
6 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401-1991
410-841-3439 or 301-858-3439

Michael Summers
Michael.Summers@house.state.md.us
203 House Office Bldg.
6 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401-1991
301-858-3340

Glen Glass
Glen.Glass@house.state.md.us
325 House Office Bldg.
6 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401-1991
410-841-3257

Frank S. Turner
Frank.Turner@house.state.md.us
206 House Office Bldg.
6 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401-1991
410-841-3246 or 401-841-3246

Carolyn J. B. Howard
Carolyn.Howard@house.state.md.us
301 House Office Bldg.
6 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401-1991
301-858-3919

Jay Walker
Jay.Walker@house.state.md.us
204 House Office Bldg.
6 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401-1991
301-858-3581

Jolene Ivey
Jolene.Ivey@house.state.md.us
207 House Office Bldg.
6 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401-1991
301-858-3478
 

2 comments:

  1. Where am I to go to do this? I clicked on the "Let them know...." portion above, and it leads to an unlinked page. Thank you.

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  2. Sorry, we just switched web site servers. Here is the new link: http://casaa.org/CTA_Maryland.html

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