Friday, February 10th, 2017
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Week 3 is now behind us and we have just over 27 calendar days (including weekends where nothing happens) in this session. There have been a total of 6 bills filed either directly or indirectly affecting the Utah vapor industry. The deadline for filing new bills has now passed and we do not anticipate any additional bills however we are always watching for amendments to unrelated bills that may impact the industry.
|Not Numbered||Amendments to Tobacco Regulations||Last, B.|
|Not numbered||Electronic Cigarette Regulation||Weiler, T.|
|Not numbered||Electronic Cigarette Tax Amendments||Ray, P.|
|Not numbered||Tobacco Age Restriction Amendments||Eliason, S|
|HB0325||Tobacco Sales Enforcement Amendments||Spendlove, R.|
|HB0333||Utah Indoor Clean Air Act Amendments||Roberts, M.|
At this time, both HB325 and HB333 are fully supported by the Utah Smoke Free Association but we will keep a close eye on them as they progress to make sure they don’t turn south. Neither bill has been assigned to a committee yet and we will make sure to let you know when they do so appropriate actions can be taken. We do anticipate attempts to amend one or both so will be watching for this as well.
The remaining 4 bills have yet to be numbered which is not uncommon due to the around 1200 bills being proposed in this record breaking legislative session. We anticipate the drafting attorneys to have them released next week and would expect at least a few committee hearings late in the week.
Thanks to our recent partnership with the Vapor Technology Association, all bills presented will be reviewed by their legislative experts along with other industry experts to try and avoid any unintended consequences of bills that will negatively affect the industry and our consumers.
Please be watchful for last minute alerts coming out as we’re running out of time on our legislative session and things will start moving very fast.by