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.
1:34 - New Mexico had a pair of tax bills -- SB 77, SB 4. It’s not likely that SB 4 will advance as it is proposing an outrageous $0.04 per milligram tax on nicotine, but SB 77 is a 66% excise tax on vapor products which may appear to some lawmakers as being more reasonable.
5:55 - Oregon HB 4062 has a first hearing on Wed., February 3rd. This bill proposes a 50% tax on the retail price of vapor products. This is just a first hearing, so CASAA has limited participation to people living in districts represented by members of the committee. If the bill advances and appears to be more of a threat, we will likely issue an updated call to action that will be open to the rest of the state.
7:27 - Vermont H.171 would include vaping in the state’s indoor workplace smoking prohibition. Hearing is scheduled for Wed., February 3rd. There is no guarantee that testimony will be heard from the public. Contact information for the committee hearing is available on CASAA’s call to action.
10:20 - Alameda Co., CA - Tues., February 2nd, Public Hearing for an ordinance that would require vapor shops in the unincorporated areas of the county to acquire tobacco retailer licenses (TRL). Supervisor Miley is proposing a separate licensing scheme for vapor shops as he agrees that TRL is inappropriate.
13:06 - Utah - Expect news about legislative threats on or around Friday, February 5th.
13:27 - CASAA Winter Newsletter coming out soon.
13:44 - Upcoming events that CASAA will be attending
16:40 - Rhode Island SB 2107 would require tobacco retailers to post deceptive and misleading signage that equates vaping with the harms linked to smoking.
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