(Update - 03/04/15)
We have received word that the hearing for HB 579, scheduled for tomorrow (Thursday 03/05), has been canceled. We are also being told that the bill’s sponsor plans to withdraw it. Currently, this update is solely to inform Montana residents that were planning a trip to Helena that they can stay home. When we receive a more substantial confirmation, we will officially conclude this call to action.
Thank you, Montana advocates. Your time and effort have clearly made a difference.
Montana House Bill 579 would alter the state’s definition of “tobacco products” to include “vapor products” for the purpose of subjecting them to a 50% wholesale tax. This bill would also enact a weight-based tax on nicotine of 0.0173¢/mg. Although the cost is practically negligible, adoption of this language could lead to a higher tax rate in the future and should be removed. HB 579 has been scheduled for a hearing in the House Taxation Committee on Thursday, March 5th, in room 152 at 10:00AM.
Please take action now by sending a message to the committee and your state representatives urging them to oppose this unjustifiable tax.
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