Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Louisiana Call to Action: Take action to oppose 2 bills that would enact

House Bill 427 would enact a 5 cents per ml tax on e-liquid as well as double the wholesale tax on smokeless tobacco from 20% to 40%.  House Bill 252 would also tax e-liquid at 5 cents per ml but proposes a slightly lower wholesale tax on smokeless tobacco at 30%.  While this new tax on e-liquid may seem modest, the long history of “sin” taxes has shown that once a “small” tax is on the books, it becomes far easier for future legislatures to hike that tax.

Please take action now by sending a fully editable email to your lawmakers urging them to oppose this tax bill.

Currently, there are no hearings scheduled for these bills.  Louisiana residents should monitor hearing announcements from the House Ways & Means Committee for updates.

(Writing Tip #1) If you have a lot to say, please craft your email in a separate word doc and then copy/paste it into the field provided.  If you take too long, they system will time out and you will lose your work.
(Writing Tip #2) Although we've provided a prewritten email with compelling talking points, we would strongly encourage you to edit the email because personalized communications to legislators are far more persuasive than form letters.  At a minimum, PLEASE INSERT YOUR PERSONAL STORY (just a few sentences) in the text of your email.

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