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News and Legislation Update March 2001
|Internet Commerce: Us Respresentative Martin Meehan (D-MA), co-chairman of the Congressional Task Force on Tobacco and Health, said cigarette sales via the Internet are expected to reach $10 billion, or about 20% of the total domestic market, over the next five years. State officials and health groups fear that Internet sales will reduce State tax revenues, undermine anti-smoking efforts, and make cigarettes available to minors (Boston Globe 2/16/01)|
|ARKANSAS H 2522 AUTHOR:
CIGARETTE AND OTP TAX INCREASE
Levies an additional tax on cigarettes to ensure funding of the Breast Cancer Research Fund and additional programs.
03/05/2001 To HOUSE Committee on AGRICULTURE, FORESTRY, AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
|CALIFORNIA A 1453 AUTHOR:
ADVERTISING RESTRICTIONS - SAMPLING RESTRICTIONS - SMOKING RESTRICTIONS
Prohibits any person, firm, or corporation that displays at one or more retail locations any marketing device intended to advertise or pormote the sale or consumption of any cigarette or tobacco product, including, but not limited to , shelf signs, window stickers or posters, and coupon dispensers, from placing the marketing device at a level that is lower than 4 feet from the floor, and would impose civil penalties for a violation of that provision.
CALIFORNIA S 322 AUTHOR: Ortiz
PROHIBITS SALES OF BIDIS OR BEEDIES CIGARETTES
Prohibits any person from selling, offering for sale, distributing, or importing a tobacco product referred to as bidies or beedies. Makes a violation of this prohibition a misdemeanor. Makes that person subject to civil action.
03/07/2001 To SENATE Committee on JUDICIARY
CALIFORNIA S 757 AUTHOR: Ortiz
YOUTH TOBACCO LAWS
Authorizes the State Department of Health Services to conduct onsite sting inspections. Provides that the sting inspections would occur in response to public compaints as to the sale of tobacco products to minors, including the sale by telephone, mail, or the Internet, and where previous violations have occurred. Provides that a peach officer is required to identify to the seller the identity of the person under 18 years of age who engaged in the sale of tobacco products.
03/07/2001 To SENATE Committee on PUBLIC SAFETY
Would increase the cigarette excise tax by 50 cents (from $0.50 to $1.00) per pack in order to descrease tobacco use among minors. Would dedicate the additional revenue to provide funding for increased access to health care, particularly for the uninsured.
02/08/2001 Introduced by Public Health
02/08/2001 Referred to Public Health
|FLORIDA H.557 Regular
Would authorize the court to direct the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles to issue a driver's license that is restricted to business and employment purposes only to individuals under the age of 18 found guilty of alcohol, drug, or tobacco offenses.
03/06/2001 Introduced by Peterman
|GEORGIA S.208 Regular
Would create the "Electronic Commerce Home Delivery Act of 2001" Would provide for retailers who sell tobacco products, malt beverages and wine to consumers in the State through electronic commerce as long as the delivery order has a retail value exceeding $50.00. Would provide for electronic commerce retailers to comply with all Sate laws and local ordinances regulating the retail sale of tobacco products. Would further prohibit the delivery of tobacco products into any counties or municipalities where the retail sales of tobacco, malt beverages and wine are not authorized. All tobacco products marketed sold and delivered by electronic means would be required to be delivered from the retailer's license premises within the State to the consumer ordering the products and not shipped directly to consumers outside of the State. All deliveries authorized would be required to be made in vehicles operated and either owned or leased by the electronic commerce retailer and made by drivers who are at least 21 years of age. Would take effect immediately.
02/16/2001 Introduced by Harbison et al
02/16/2001 Referred to Veterans & Consumer Affairs
02/22/2001 Amended in Veterans & Consumer Affairs
02/27/2001 Amendment Passed Senate
02/27/2001 PASSED Senate