Tuesday, February 23, 2016

MD - Take action to oppose an indoor vaping ban and taxes!

A bill -- HB 861 -- has been introduced in Maryland that would tax vapor product devices the same as traditional “cigarettes.” The bill would also senselessly prohibit vaping in the same places where smoking is banned. The tax rate proposed under this bill is unclear, and while the bill’s author has decided to redefine “cigarette” to include “electronic smoking devices,” the bill fails to establish a per pack or per cigarette equivalency for e-liquid or devices.

Oppose HB 861 - Send a Message

HB 861 is scheduled to be heard in committee on:

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016
1:00 PM
(weekly schedule published here)
Economic Matters Committee
Room 230, House Office Building
Annapolis, MD 21401-1991

Please make plans to attend this hearing. Even if you do not wish to speak, your presence is important as it demonstrates the large numbers of people engaged in this issue.

For those wishing to present testimony, please pay careful attention to the following:
  • Generally, hearings start at 1:00 p.m. Anyone wishing to testify on any bill must sign up using one of the electronic sign-up tablets.
  • Sign up will start at 4:00 p.m. the day before the bill hearing and end no later than 12:30 p.m. on the day of the hearing.
  • Oral testimony will be limited to 3 minutes.
  • If you have written testimony, please submit 35 copies to the committee staff by noon prior to the hearing. Written testimony must have a visible bill number. Multiple copies of written testimony must be collated and stapled. Late testimony will be distributed after the bill hearing.
  • Please notify the committee staff by 9:30 a.m. if you plan to use the committee display equipment. For different start times, please adjust accordingly.
  • Note: Bills are not necessarily heard in the order that they appear on the hearing schedule.

Please take action NOW to oppose taxes and place bans in Maryland by sending a message to your state representatives!

Oppose HB 861 - Send a Message

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