UPDATE 6/4/14: This is a good news/bad news update. The bad news: HB 7133 HB 7133 has been set for consideration by the House Committee on Finance on THURSDAY, June 5th, 2014. HB 7133 includes, among other things, an excise tax of 80% of wholesale price on all e-cigarette devices.
It is imperative that vapers and harm reduction advocates contact members of the House Finance Committee NOW to express opposition to the e-cigarette tax. We're also asking that you proactively contact the Senate Finance Committee as well. Full details on contact information and suggested talking points are included in Part II of this Call to Action.
The good news: Due to efforts of CASAA members, the House Judiciary Committee decided to hold HB 7021 (restrictions on internet sales) for further study. We will continue to update on HB 7021 as more information becomes available.
Rhode Island vapers and harm reduction advocates, please (1) attend the hearing on THURSDAY, May 29th, 2014 to offer testimony in opposition to HB 7021, and (2) participate in CASAA's CQ Roll Call Campaign:
EMAIL your Rhode Island Representative
CALL your Rhode Island Representative
UPDATE 3/21/14: HB 7021 has been set for hearing on WEDNESDAY, 3/26/14 before the House Judiciary. Link to Agenda The meeting will occur at the "rise of the House" (approximately 4:00 P.M.) in Room 205 of the State House (82 Smith Street in Providence).
Please (i) continue to call and email members of the House Judiciary to let them know you oppose HB 7021 (See Part I of the Call to Action for contact information and talking points), and (ii) attend this hearing and offer testimony. (As a sign of respect, we ask you to please refrain from vaping in the committee room.)