Tuesday, March 31, 2015

CASAA Podcast Update March 30, 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.

CASAA Podcast Update March 30, 2015

0:55 – Arkansas – Things moving quickly with  SB 978, which is very problematic even with amendments being considered.  We will update when more information is known, but it is not clear there will be additional opportunities to effectively engage.

2:40 – Texas – Multiple bills, a handful of which addressed prohibiting sales to minors. Our efforts have been focused on making sure that sales get banned to minors but not in a manner that would have a substantial impact on adult access. New Call to Action issued 3-30-15 to allow consumers to contact their legislators to share general concerns about this issue.

4:15 – Nevada – Call to Action to be issued for indoor use ban SB 201 that will be heard in Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, April 1st.  (Editor’s note: Call to Action issued after this show aired.) Also a clean bill to ban sales to minors is being considered, which may or may not require a Call to Action.

5:50 – Connecticut – Consumer calls and emails have had an impact. HB 6283 has been dialed back to an indoor use ban. (HB 6283 originally defined e-cigarettes as tobacco, banned flavors, and imposed manufacturing/labeling/advertising restrictions, as well as imposing an indoor use ban.) We still oppose this legislation, and Connecticut residents should continue to make their voice heard.

7:35 – Delaware – HB 5 (indoor use ban, including vapor shops) is set for a hearing on Wednesday, April 1st at 3:30 p.m.

9:50 - Massachusetts – Anticipate Call to Action soon.

11:40 – The importance of local legislation and the logistical problems associated with tracking and issuing local alerts. It is important for people to monitor their city council. Just last week, six towns in MA gave full control to their local boards of health to regulate smoking/vaping. When you see an article locally about smoking, please don’t assume it doesn’t apply to you because more often than not it will also include vaping.

16:20 – Oregon – SB 415 and 416 were the subject of work sessions 3-30-15. (https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2015R1/Committees/SHC/2015-03-30-15-00/Agenda, and recording log will eventually be available at https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2015R1/Committees/SHC/2015-03-30-15-00/RecordingLog) Oregon Call to Action updated 3/28/15 to note an amendment to SB 415 has been offered that would remove vapor products from the flavor ban. CASAA continues to oppose SB 415, though, as it would ban other flavored low-risk alternatives to smoking such as smokeless tobacco.

17:20 – California – SB 140 (indoor use ban) and SB 24 (licensing/packaging) will be heard April 8, 2015, and we expect to be issuing a Call to Action this week. Shout out to NorCal SFATA for its hard work. (NorCal SFATA’s Call to Action for industry stakeholders)

18:15 – More local alerts will be issued next week.

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