The Minnesota Legislature is in full swing and several tobacco -related bills have been introduced. Bills under consideration:
S.F. 1836: Sen. Hayden (D-Minneapolis) authored this bill that would allocate funding for the Minnesota Department of Health to partner with community organizations to evaluate and develop strategies to address the high use of menthol cigarettes among African Americans in Minnesota. Sen. Champion (D-Minneapolis) is a co-author on the Senate bill and a companion bill will likely be introduced in the House in the coming weeks.
S.F. 1135/H.F. 1253, S.F. 1762/H.F. 1183: Senator Sheran (D-Mankato), Sen. Franzen (D-Edina), Rep. Uglem (R-Champlin), and Rep. Erhardt (D-Edina) are chief authors on these bills that would restrict the indoor use of electronic cigarettes anywhere that smoking is also prohibited.
S.F.777/H.F.700: Sen. Koenen (D-Willmar) and Rep. Davids (R-Preston) are chief authors on these bills that would repeal the annual indexing of the cigarette tax.
S.F. 1192/H.F. 865: Sen. Dziedzic (D-Minneapolis) and Rep. Davids (D-Preston) are chief authors on these bills that would: establish a new state license for tobacco retailers (local licenses are still required), increase penalties for non-compliance, and provide additional funding for the Minnesota Department of Revenue to carry out enforcement of the act.