Wednesday, March 2, 2016

WV - Take action to oppose vapor taxes

Update - 03.02.16

SB 420 has advanced to the West Virginia House and is likely to have a hearing in the House Finance Committee tomorrow, March 3rd, 2016.

Please take a few minutes today to call and email members of the committee urging them to oppose SB 420 and any extra taxes on vapor products.

Take Action - Send a Message

If you can only make one or two calls, please call the Majority and Minority Chairs. We have provided the phone numbers of all the committee members below.
Please make a call NOW and say:

  • Please oppose SB 420 and any effort to enact taxes on electronic cigarettes.
  • Taxes on these e-cigarettes will discourage smokers from switching to products which are known to be 95 - 98% less harmful than traditional cigarettes.
  • Similarly, raising taxes on smokeless tobacco is unjustifiable from a public health perspective and should be opposed.

Please let us know how the call went by sending feedback to takeaction@casaa.org


WV - House Finance Committee
Delegate
Dist.
Capitol Phone
Eric Nelson
(Chair)
35
(304) 340-3230
Eric L. Householder
(Vice Chair)
64
(304) 340-3274
Brent Boggs
(Minority Chair)
34
(304) 340-3142
Nancy Peoples Guthrie
(Minority Vice Chair)
36
(304) 340-3156
Bill Anderson
8
(304) 340-3168
Mick Bates
30
(304) 340-3180
Jim Butler
14
(304) 340-3199
Ray Canterbury
42
(304) 340-3131
Paul Espinosa
66
(304) 340-3130
Allen V. Evans
54
(304) 340-3399
Cindy Frich
51
(304) 340-3125
Marty Gearheart
27
(304) 340-3179
Bill Hamilton
45
(304) 340-3167
Linda Longstreth
50
(304) 340-3124
Carol Miller
16
(304) 340-3176
Rick Moye
29
(304) 340-3162
John D. O'Neal IV
28
(304) 340-3164
David G. Perry
32
(304) 340-3337
Dave Pethtel
5
(304) 340-3158
Doug Reynolds
17
(304) 340-3280
Peggy Donaldson Smith
46
(304) 340-3123
Erikka Storch
3
(304) 340-3378
Ron Walters
39
(304) 340-3194
Terry A. Waxman
48
(304) 340-3171
Steve Westfall
12
(304) 340-3140



Update - 02.20.16

Delegate Larry W. Faircloth (WV-60) has posted a petition on his website to oppose the West Virginia vapor tax bill.

Please take a moment tonight and sign the petition so he can hand deliver thousands of signatures from West Virginia residents opposed to enacting a tax on vapor products to the WV House Speaker.

Oppose vapor taxes in WV - Sign the Petition

Please also take a moment to send a message to lawmakers in West Virginia urging them to oppose this damaging tax.


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Update - 02.17.16

SB 420 is expected to be heard in the Senate Finance Committee starting at 3:00PM TODAY (February 17th, 2016). Please take a moment now and call senators on the committee -- especially those who represent your county or nearby counties -- urging them to oppose this dangerous tax on e-cigarettes, vapor products, and smokeless-tobacco.

We have provided the phone numbers of all the committee members below.
Please make a call NOW and say:

  • Please oppose SB 420 and any effort to enact taxes on electronic cigarettes.
  • Taxes on these e-cigarettes will discourage smokers from switching to products which are known to be 95 - 98% less harmful than traditional cigarettes.
  • Similarly, raising taxes on smokeless tobacco is unjustifiable from a public health perspective and should be opposed.

Please let us know how the call went by sending feedback to takeaction@casaa.org

Senator
Phone
Counties
Senator M. Hall - Chair
(304) 357-7901
Jackson, Mason, Putnam (part), Roane (part)
Senator Walters - Vice-Chair
(304) 357-7866
Kanawha (part), Putnam (part)
Senator Blair
(304) 357-7867
Berkeley (part), Hampshire, Mineral (part), Morgan
Senator Boley
(304) 357-7905
Pleasants, Roane (part), Wirt, Wood
Senator Boso
(304) 357-7973
Grant (part), Nicholas, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Randolph, Upshur, Webster
Senator Carmichael
(304) 357-7855
Jackson, Mason, Putnam (part), Roane (part)
Senator Facemire
(304) 357-7845
Braxton, Clay, Gilmer (part), Harrison, Lewis
Senator Kessler
(304) 357-7902
Calhoun, Doddridge, Gilmer (part), Marion (part), Marshall (part), Monongalia (part), Ritchie, Tyler
Senator Laird
(304) 357-7849
Fayette, Greenbrier, Monroe, Summers
Senator Mullins
(304) 357-7831
McDowell (part), Raleigh, Wyoming
Senator Plymale
(304) 357-7937
Cabell, Wayne (part)
Senator Prezioso
(304) 357-7961
Marion (part), Monongalia (part)
Senator Stollings
(304) 357-7939
Boone, Lincoln, Logan, Mingo (part), Wayne (part)
Senator Sypolt
(304) 357-7914
Barbour, Grant (part), Hardy, Mineral (part), Monongalia (part), Preston, Taylor, Tucker
Senator Takubo
(304) 357-7990
Kanawha (part)
Senator Unger
(304) 357-7933
Berkeley (part), Jefferson
Senator Yost
(304) 357-7984
Brooke, Hancock, Marshall (part), Ohio


[Updated - 02.16.16: Make a Call campaign added]

A budget proposed by West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin (D) would impose a new tax on e-liquid of 7.5¢ per milliliter ($9.00 on a 120ml bottle!), a 12% wholesale tax on devices, and hike the tax on smoke-free tobacco products like snus from 7% to 12%. As part of the process of considering the Governor’s proposal, SB 420 & HB 4494 have been introduced in the WV Senate and House. These bills would implement these unnecessary and counter-productive taxes.


CASAA is strongly opposed to any new taxes on vapor products. Smokers in states with sky high smoking rates -- like West Virginia -- need more economic incentives to switch, not less.  Plus, once the tax language is in the state code, it will be easier for the legislature to raise the tax as they see fit with very little resistance.

In order to defeat these taxes, it is critical that West Virginia advocates get active. Public testimony is not typically taken at West Virginia hearings, so personal contact in the form of emails AND phone calls are incredibly important to defeating these taxes.

SB 420 has been scheduled for a public hearing:

TODAY
Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at 3:00 PM



Please take a moment now to send a message to your senator urging them to oppose this tax on e-liquid!

Take Action - Send a Message

Oppose Vapor Taxes - Make a Call


(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.

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