CASAA Podcast Update February 9, 2015:
CASAA's Jan Johnson and Alex Clark discuss legislative- and advocacy-related matters of current interest to CASAA members and THR (tobacco harm reduction) advocates.
0:45 – Indiana hearing on SB 539 Tuesday, 2/17/15.
2:45 – Texas Call to Action (SB 97 and House companion bill) affecting internet sales likely to be issued early part of this week.
4:40 – Hawaii – 9 bills addressed in most recent Call to Action. Hawaii Vapers United is doing a good job of organizing people on the ground, and Hawaii residents should see that group for most up-to-date information on legislative issues affecting Hawaii.
5:50 – Ohio – p. 2099 - 2118 of Ohio budget (HB 64) includes a tax on e-cigarettes. They consider 2 ml of liquid to be equivalent to a pack of cigarettes, and seek to impose a tax to equalize rates between e-cigarettes and traditional combustibles, resulting in a possible tax of $18.75 (or $33.75 if the cigarette tax hike is approved) for a 30 ml bottle of liquid. Strategy meetings are being held this week, and a Call to Action is expected to be released soon.
6:50 – New Mexico – considering a tax (SB 65) and also banning smoking and vaping in cars with children (HB 148).
7:30 – New York City – flavor ban still in play.
7:40 – Vermont and Connecticut – expecting Calls to Action to be issued shortly. Connecticut bills are right now placeholders, so introduced with no actual language.
9:50 – Kentucky – possible bill regarding manufacturing standards is on our radar.
10:00 - Maine - on radar.
10:10 – Tennessee – some of the bills looked fairly benign, but anytime something gets in the pipeline, there’s the possibility for unfavorable amendments. Tennessee Smoke-Free Association is actively engaged in Tennessee and their Facebook group and website will be a good source of information.
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