Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Minnesota Call to Action: Oppose SF 2025 that would enact a 30 cent per ml tax on vapor products

(Update - 04.15.15)

HF 2182 has been scheduled for an informal hearing on THURSDAY, April 16th at 10:15 AM in the House Taxes Committee.  Although public testimony will not be heard, Minnesota Vapers Advocacy invites you to join them for a rally at the capitol.  The gathering begins at 9:45 AM.  In the interim, please continue to send emails urging lawmakers to oppose this bill.

SF 2025 has been taken off of the schedule for tomorrow’s Senate Taxes Committee hearing.  However, this is not an indication that the bill is dead.  It is still quite possible that SF 2025 will be rescheduled at a later date.  Please continue to send emails urging lawmakers to oppose this bill.



Please take 3 minutes to send two fully editable emails urging your lawmakers to oppose these bills.



(Update - 04.10.15)

Minnesota Vapers Advocacy (MNVA) has issued a Call to Action for SF 2025 and HF 2182, and we are encouraging Minnesota tobacco harm reduction advocates to participate in that Call to Action as well. Up-to-date information about legislative issues affecting Minnesota vapers can be found at MNVA's Facebook page as well as on their website.

The Senate Taxes Committee has scheduled SF 2025 for a hearing. The committee will meet beginning at 8:30AM on Wednesday, April 15th at the State Capitol, Room 15. If you are able to attend this hearing to oppose the massive tax increase on e-liquid, please do so.

(Original Post - 04.09.15)


SF 2025 and HF 2182 would significantly raise taxes on all e-liquid consumers in Minnesota by imposing a 30 cent per ml tax on e-cigarette liquid.  Imagine paying an extra $9 on your next 30 ml bottle of e-liquid. While Minnesota’s existing system of taxation for e-cigarettes is inappropriate, this taxation system will raise your costs and should be rejected.


SF 2025 has been referred to the Senate Taxes Committee and could be set for a hearing as early as next week. The Taxes Committee generally meets Monday through Friday at 8:30 AM in Saint Paul, so if you are able to attend, please be ready for an early morning.


Please take 3 minutes to send two fully editable emails urging your lawmakers to oppose these bills.



If you live in a district represented by someone on the committee, you will receive an additional alert prompting you to take action.  It is vitally important that you especially take action due to the fact that legislators consider the views of their constituents with greater weight.





(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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