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UPDATE 4/8/2014:  AB 8178 passed the Assembly Health Committee and is now pending in the Assembly Codes Committee.  Updated contact information provided in the Call to Action. ***** Please also be sure to take action against other New York bills that would ban the sale of electronic cigarette liquid and impose punitive excise taxes on e-cigarette sales: New York Call to Action -
Author: Julie Woessner
Posted: April 6, 2014, 1:12 pm
***** Please also be sure to take action against other New York bills that would ban the sale of electronic cigarette liquid and ban e-cigarette usage where smoking is banned: New York Call to Action - E-Cigarette Usage Ban New York Call to Action - Ban on Sale of E-Cigarette Liquid *****  (last updated 4/5/2014) If enacted, AB 8594 / SB 6610 would: Redefine "tobacco products"
Author: Julie Woessner
Posted: April 6, 2014, 1:02 pm
***** Please also be sure to take action against other New York bills that would impose punitive excise taxes on e-cigarette sales and ban e-cigarette usage where smoking is banned: New York Call to Action - Taxes New York Call to Action - E-Cigarette Usage Ban *****  (last updated 4/5/2014) If enacted, SB 6939 would: Ban the sale of electronic cigarette liquids (e-liquids)
Author: Julie Woessner
Posted: April 6, 2014, 12:49 pm
(last updated 4/2/2014) If enacted, HB 5689 would: Require all e-cigarette liquids to be sold in "special packaging" and require the Illinois Department of Public Health to establish standards for such packaging BAN the sale of all e-cigarette liquids in Illinois until these regulations are enacted. Illinois vapers, your help is needed.  This bill has could come up for a vote in the
Author: Julie Woessner
Posted: April 2, 2014, 12:52 pm
Last updated 4/14/14.   UPDATE 4/14/14:  AB 1500 has been set for a hearing on April 30th, 2014.  Additional details will be provided when available, but please mark the date and plan on attending to offer testimony. [legislative tracking + full text for AB 1500] [legislative tracking + full text for SB 648] If enacted, AB 1500 would: Ban companies from shipping any tobacco or
Author: Julie Woessner
Posted: March 31, 2014, 1:51 pm
UPDATE 3/31/14:  As of now, SB 491 is not currently on the agenda for Wednesday's meeting (4/2/14). However, it could be added before the meeting. If the bill is not on this agenda (link) by late Tuesday night (4/1/14), it is unlikely to be heard on Wednesday. We have received word that a hearing will take place next week on Louisiana Senate Bill 491 (SB491), which is authored by
Author: Julie Woessner
Posted: March 28, 2014, 10:32 pm
In search of revenue to fill gaps in a proposal he calls a 'tax reform' package, Ohio Governor John Kasich (R) has proposed taxing electronic cigarettes (including devices) at an excessive 49% of wholesale and raising the tax on other low-risk smoke-free products.  Please take action to stop this proposal! If enacted, Gov. Kasich's proposal would: Tax electronic cigarette devices,
Author: Julie Woessner
Posted: March 27, 2014, 9:30 am
(last updated 3/27/2014) New Jersey vapers are now facing four significant threats, including two major tax bills, an outdoor usage ban, and a bizarre proposal to tax e-cigarette advertising: (1) Governor Christie has proposed taxing e-cigarettes at the same rate as combustible cigarettes.  While details have not yet been released, reports are that this tax could easily double the cost of
Author: Julie Woessner
Posted: March 26, 2014, 10:05 pm
UPDATE 4/5/14:  H 884 has been set for a hearing before the Senate Finance Committee on TUESDAY, April 8, 2014 at 3:00 P.M., 115 State Street Montpelier, VT 05633-5301 (Room 6)  Link to Agenda - Sections 25-27  Please (1) plan on attending and offering testimony,  (2) continue to contact members of the Senate Finance Committee, and (3) contact the members of the Senate Health and Welfare
Author: Julie Woessner
Posted: March 25, 2014, 8:47 pm
UPDATE 3/25/14 4:00 PM.  Vapers will be gathering around 9:15 a.m. in the Council room area in order to try to talk with council members before the meeting.   UPDATE 3/25/14 1:00 PM:  Bills No. 140096 and 140095 will be considered by the full City Council on THURSDAY, March 27th at 10:00 a.m.  (Link to Agenda) Please (1) call and email the mayor and members of the City Council to express
Author: Julie Woessner
Posted: March 24, 2014, 8:09 pm
(last updated 4/11/2014) 4/11/14:  With less than 24 hours' notice, SB209 is being heard in the Senate Finance Committee via teleconference TODAY, 4/11/14, at 9:00 A.M. local time (1:00 P.M. Eastern).  Link to list of Senate Finance Committee Members.  (Click on individual names on that list for contact information.) 4/8/14 update:  SB209 Senate Health & Social Services Committee hearing was
Author: Julie Woessner
Posted: March 21, 2014, 8:04 pm
UPDATE 3/21/14:  HB 7021 has been set for hearing on WEDNESDAY, 3/26/14 before the House Judiciary.   Link to Agenda  The meeting will occur at the "rise of the House"  (approximately 4:00 P.M.) in Room 205 of the State House (82 Smith Street in Providence).   Please (i) continue to call and email members of the House Judiciary to let them know you oppose HB 7021 (See Part I of the Call to
Author: Julie Woessner
Posted: March 21, 2014, 2:46 am
UPDATED 3/21/14:  The  Senate Commerce Committee will hold a public hearing on SF 2027 on MONDAY, March 24th, 2014 at 12:30 P.M. in Room 322 of the Capitol Building (75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard) in St. Paul. Please (1) continue to call and email members of the Senate Commerce Committee to let them know you oppose SF 2027 unless the ban on e-cigarette use is removed (See the 3/
Author: Julie Woessner
Posted: March 20, 2014, 4:50 pm
Two bills have been introduced in Connecticut: OPPOSE HB 5286, which would impose confusing and non-industry-standard requirements regarding product labeling.  CASAA OPPOSES this legislation because rather than serving to inform consumers, HB 5286 would (1) cause confusion and (2) would effectively reduce the availability of e-cigarettes (both hardware and liquid) offered to adult consumers
Author: Julie Woessner
Posted: February 25, 2014, 10:16 pm
URGENT UPDATE 3/11/14:   The threat of excessive taxation of e-cigarettes in Washington remains and, in fact, we have received word that Senate Republicans met on Saturday to caucus on the tax proposals and have already "spent" the money in their appropriations plans for the state, which plans include a tax of 75% to 95% on e-cigarettes.   This matter could be decided THIS WEEK. It is imperative
Author: Julie Woessner
Posted: February 21, 2014, 10:24 am
HB 443  SB 589 Two bills have been introduced in Maryland that would increase Maryland's tax on "other tobacco products" from 30% to 95% of the wholesale price.  While these bills do not immediately tax e-cigarettes, we expect that if passed, there will be an effort next year to define e-cigarettes as "other tobacco products" and tax them accordingly.  CASAA members are asked to fight against
Author: Julie Woessner
Posted: February 18, 2014, 3:44 pm
Update 2/27/14 (11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. central time):   SB 440 has been set for a hearing before the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor on WEDNESDAY, March 5th, 2014 at 11:30 A.M, Room 411 South (2 E Main St, Madison, WI 53703).  Vapers are asked to attend the hearing and offer testimony, as well as call and write members of the Committee.  (See the Contact List for SB 440 below in Part
Author: Kristin Noll-Marsh
Posted: February 14, 2014, 4:52 pm
HB 1291UPDATE March 17, 2014: On March 15, 2014, the House Committee on Economic Matters rejected HB 1291 with an "unfavorable" vote of 19 - 3. This means the bill, in its current form, has been withdrawn and will not be voted upon by the full House of Representatives. However, this does not mean the bill's sponsors won't rewrite or amend the bill in some way and re-introduce it in the future,
Author: Julie Woessner
Posted: February 14, 2014, 1:01 pm
UPDATE 3/11/14:  Call to Action Ended.  Legislative session has ended and legislation did not pass. Ask New Mexico Members of the House of Representatives to Vote YES on HB 15 and to REJECT ANY AMENDMENTS  [legislative tracking + full text]  If enacted, this bill would: - Ban sales of e-cigarettes to minors - NOT tax these products   - NOT define these products to be "tobacco products"
Author: Julie Woessner
Posted: February 10, 2014, 11:35 pm
Link to: Wisconsin Assembly Bill AB 481, aka "Backpack Tobacco Act" [Link to Call to Action for Unrelated Wisconsin Bill CASAA supports] Wisconsin legislators are using misleading information to gain support for increasing the tax on all tobacco products sold in the state, including e-cigarettes. The bill's sponsor, Rep. Bies, insists this is not a tax increase, but, rather, an attempt to "
Author: Kristin Noll-Marsh
Posted: February 6, 2014, 7:27 pm
UPDATE 3/4/14:  On 2/28/14, Ordinance No. 131208 was transferred to the Rules Committee, and has been set for a hearing at the Rules Committee's meeting on THURSDAY, March 6th, 2014.  The meeting is scheduled for 2:00 P.M. at City Hall (1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco, CA  94102), Room 263. Please (1) Contact members of the Rules Committee (contact information immediately
Author: Julie Woessner
Posted: February 6, 2014, 6:23 pm
LATEST UPDATE 2/21/2014: The Senate Ways & Means Committee will likely vote on SB 2495 and SB 2222 on Tuesday, February 25th at 9:05 AM in conference room 211 of the State Capitol Building.  While no testimony will be taken, advocates near the capitol should still consider attending.  Please make phone calls and continue to submit testimony (phone calls will have the largest impact)! PRIOR
Author: Julie Woessner
Posted: February 4, 2014, 11:54 pm
UPDATE 3/11/14:  Call to Action Ended.  Legislative session over and legislation did not pass. UPDATE 2/7/2014:  Hearings Work session for HB 4115 is set for MONDAY, February 10, 2014 at 3:00 PM  at the Oregon State Capital (900 Court Street NE, Salem, OR) in Room 347 (HR D).  See agenda here.  Vapers and harm reduction advocates are strongly encouraged to attend and ask to testify (but please,
Author: Julie Woessner
Posted: February 3, 2014, 10:58 pm
Updated 3/1/14:  A Substitute 4 to HB 112 has been accepted and is now going to move to the Senate.  While CASAA does not believe that online age verification AND adult signature on delivery is necessary or appropriate, we recognize that Substitute 4 is a far better alternative than Rep. Ray's proposals, all of which include complete online sales ban, manufacturing guidelines, advertising
Author: Julie Woessner
Posted: February 3, 2014, 2:23 am
UPDATE 3/15/14: SB 1698 (companion bill to HB 1461) will be heard by the Senate Committee on Commerce and Labor on Tuesday, March 18th, 2014 at 1:30 PM at the Tennessee Legislative Plaza at 301 6th Ave N, Nashville, TN. Please attend and speak in support of SB 1698.   We are asking that members focus on SB 1698 at this time. UPDATE 2/19/14: HB 1461 has been referred to the House Agriculture and
Author: Julie Woessner
Posted: February 1, 2014, 2:30 pm

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