Tuesday, March 1, 2016

AK - Take action to oppose dangerous taxes on vapor products (SB 133, HB 304)

Update - 03.01.16

HB 304, which would enact a 100% excise tax on vapor products, has been scheduled for a hearing in the House Labor and Commerce Committee on:

3:15 PM
Barnes 124
(Teleconferenced)

Public testimony will be taken. However, a time limit may be set. This hearing will be via teleconference in the House Labor and Commerce Committee, and the teleconference number that has been provided to us is 844-586-9085. You can contact your Legislative Information Office for details.

Please make plans to attend this hearing either by phone or in person.



Update - 02.22.16


HB 304, which would enact a 100% excise tax on vapor products, has been scheduled for a hearing in the House Labor and Commerce Committee on:


3:15 PM
Barnes 124
(Teleconferenced)


Public testimony will be taken. However, a time limit may be set. This hearing will be via teleconference in the House Labor and Commerce Committee, and the teleconference number that has been provided to us is 844-586-9085. You can contact your Legislative Information Office for details.


Please make plans to attend this hearing either by phone or in person.




Update - 02.17.16


HB 304 has been scheduled for a hearing in the House Labor and Commerce Committee on Friday, February 19th, 2016. Testimony will be heard “by invitation only.”


Fortunately, Alaska vapers can still send emails and make phone calls to their representatives urging them to oppose this bill. For those that may not have seen our earlier alert (below), this bill would enact a 100% wholesale tax on all vapor products.




Take Action - Make a Call


Original Post - 02.14.16


Alaska Governor Bill Walker’s budget proposal would destroy the vapor industry in Alaska by imposing an enormous 100% wholesale tax on all vapor products. This tax would double the cost of all devices, components, and e-liquids in the State of Alaska. Gov. Walker’s budget would also increase the tax on smoke-free tobacco products like snus from 75% to 100% of wholesale.




As part of the process, SB 133 and HB 304 have been introduced in the Alaska Senate and House. If passed, these bills would implement the Governor’s dangerous tax.


SB 133 is scheduled for its first public hearing on:


Tuesday, February 16, 2016
6:00 PM
Senate Labor & Commerce Committee
Beltz Room, Thomas Stewart Building
206 4th St, Juneau, Alaska
(Teleconference and Call-In Also Available -- See Below)


CASAA has been told that a significant number of Alaskan legislators believe that the vapor market has been taken over by “Big Tobacco.” They believe that this tax will have little impact on the diversity of products available to Alaska consumers. A strong and respectful showing by common, everyday vapers in opposition to this tax could go a long way to educating them about the impact this tax would have on Alaskan consumers and small businesses.


For Alaskans who don’t live in Juneau, you can also testify via teleconference at any of approximately twenty Legislative Information Offices (LIO) that are located across the State of Alaska. Just show up before the hearing starts and sign in. If you cannot make it to a LIO, you can call the committee at (907) 465-4968 to state your intention to use the teleconference phone line, which is 1-844-586-9085 (slots are limited). Testifying is simple and painless -- your voice can make a big difference.  


Please take this opportunity NOW to Call and Write your state senator and urge them to oppose this dangerous tax on vapor products!


Take Action - Make a Call


Oppose Vapor Taxes in AK - Send a Message


(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 INCLUDE YOUR PERSONAL STORY (just a few sentences) in the text of your email.

No comments: