2016 RHODE ISLAND TOBACCO LEGISLATION

Listed below are ALL the 2016 Rhode Island Bills that have anything to do with tobacco and/or nicotine.
Tobacco Free RI does not take a position on any of them.


Tobacco Tax

Senate Bill No. 2288
BY  Miller, DaPonte, Sosnowski, Ruggerio, Pichardo
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION -- LITTLE CIGAR TAX (Requires that the tax imposed on little cigars be imposed in the same manner as the tax imposed on cigarettes, that 25% of such revenue would be applied to smoking cessation programs, would provide that little cigars be sold in packs of (20) or more.)
{LC4223/1}
02/09/2016 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance
03/08/2016 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (03/10/2016)
03/10/2016 Committee recommended measure be held for further study

Supported by:
American Lung Association of the Northeast
American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network

Senate Bill No. 2193
BY  Miller, DaPonte, Ruggerio, Sosnowski, Pichardo
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION -- LITTLE CIGAR TAX (Requires that the tax imposed on little cigars be imposed in the same manner of the tax imposed on cigarettes, and that little cigars be sold in packs of twenty (20) or more.)
{LC3952/1}
01/27/2016 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance
03/08/2016 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (03/10/2016)
03/10/2016 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
06/17/2016 Committee recommends passage
06/18/2016 Placed on Senate Calendar (06/18/2016)
06/18/2016 Senate read and passed

House Bill No. 7373
BY  Diaz, Blazejewski, Barros, Tobon, Abney
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION -- LITTLE CIGAR TAX (Requires that the tax imposed on little cigars be imposed in the same manner as the tax imposed on cigarettes, that 25% of such revenue would be applied to smoking cessation programs, would provide that little cigars be sold in packs of (20) or more.)
{LC4274/1}
01/28/2016 Introduced, referred to House Finance
04/27/2016 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (05/03/2016)
05/03/2016 Committee recommended measure be held for further study

Supported by:
American Lung Association of the Northeast
American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network

Article 12 of the Proposed Governor's 2017 Budget
BY Raimando
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO REVENUE (CIGARETTE TAXES)- (increases the excise tax levied per pack of cigarettes by $0.25, which raises the tax from $3.75 to $4.00 per pack of twenty, or to the equivalent of $0.20 per cigarette)

Supported by:
March of Dimes

Opposed by:
American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network
Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids
American Heart Association
American Lung Association of the Northeast


Electronic Cigarettes

House Bill No. 7664 as amended
BY Tanzi, Maldonado, Barros, Morin, Fogarty ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY -- PUBLIC HEALTH AND WORKPLACE SAFETY ACT {LC4630/1} (Prohibits the use of electronic nicotine-delivery system products in enclosed public places and enclosed facilities within places of employment.)
02/24/2016 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.
03/11/2016 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration
03/11/2016 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (03/16/2016)
03/16/2016 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
06/17/2016 Scheduled for consideration (06/17/2016)
06/17/2016 Committee recommends passage
06/17/2016 Placed on House Calendar (06/17/2016)
06/17/2016 House passed as amended (floor amendment)

Senate Bill No. 2284
BY  Miller, Ruggerio, Walaska, Lynch Prata
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION - SALES AND USE TAXES - LIABILITY AND COMPUTATION (Adds electronic nicotine-delivery systems to the definition of "Tobacco" for tax purposes.)
{LC3188/1}
02/09/2016 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance
03/08/2016 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (03/10/2016)
03/10/2016 Committee recommended measure be held for further study

Senate Bill No. 2293
BY  Ruggerio, Miller, Walaska, Lynch Prata
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY -- PUBLIC HEALTH AND WORKPLACE SAFETY ACT (Prohibits use of electronic nicotine-delivery system products in enclosed public places and places of employment.)
{LC3184/1}
02/09/2016 Introduced, referred to Senate Health and Human Services
04/08/2016 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (04/12/2016)
04/12/2016 Committee recommended measure be held for further study

Supported by:
American Lung Association of the Northeast
March of Dimes

Senate Bill No. 2107
BY  Ruggerio, Miller, Sosnowski, Coyne, Goldin
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES - CHILDREN (Requires that warning signs about the adverse effects of cigarettes be amended to include a warning about electronic cigarettes and include information about how to cease using electronic nicotine-delivery systems.)
{LC3645/1}
01/21/2016 Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary

Senate Bill No. 2108
BY  Ruggerio, McCaffrey, Goodwin, Picard
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY -- ELECTRONIC MARIJUANA-DELIVERY SYSTEMS (Defines and regulates the use of electronic marijuana delivery system products.)
{LC3647/1}
01/21/2016 Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary
05/05/2016 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (05/10/2016)
05/10/2016 Committee recommended measure be held for further study

Senate Bill No. 2323
BY  Miller, Ruggerio, Walaska, Lynch Prata
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY -- DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH (Prohibits the sale of electronic nicotine-delivery systems without having a license to sell cigarettes and/or tobacco products.)
{LC3191/1}
02/09/2016 Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary


E-Liquid

House Bill No. 7427 SUB A
(Attorney General)
BY  Melo, Craven, Shekarchi, McNamara, Solomon
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES -- CHILDREN (Prohibits the sale of liquid that is intended for human consumption and/or use in an electronic nicotine-delivery system that is not contained in child-resistant packaging. Also prohibits the use of electronic nicotine delivery systems in schools.)
{LC3992/1}
01/29/2016 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.
03/24/2016 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (03/30/2016)
03/30/2016 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
06/03/2016 Scheduled for consideration (06/08/2016)
06/08/2016 Committee recommends passage of Sub A
06/10/2016 Placed on House Calendar (06/14/2016)
06/14/2016 House passed Sub A

Senate Bill No. 2659
(Attorney General)
BY  Ruggerio, Miller, Sosnowski, Gallo, Crowley
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES -- CHILDREN (Prohibits the sale of liquid that is intended for human consumption and/or use in an electronic nicotine-delivery system that is not contained in child-resistant packaging. Also prohibits the use of electronic nicotine delivery systems in schools.)
{LC4510/1}
02/25/2016 Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary


Raising Age of Sale of Tobacco to 21

House Bill No. 7737
BY  Tanzi, Ackerman, Maldonado, Handy, Fogarty
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES - CHILDREN (Raises the legal minimum age to purchase tobacco products and nicotine-delivery systems from eighteen (18) to twenty-one (21).)
{LC4731/1}
02/24/2016 Introduced, referred to House Finance
04/27/2016 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (05/03/2016)
05/03/2016 Committee recommended measure be held for further study

Supported by:
American Lung Association of the Northeast
Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids
American Heart Association
March of Dimes

Senate Bill No. 2410
BY  Coyne, Ruggerio, Lombardo, Miller, Sosnowski
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES - CHILDREN (Raises the legal minimum age to purchase tobacco products and nicotine-delivery systems from eighteen (18) to twenty-one (21).)
{LC4732/1}
02/11/2016 Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary

Supported by:
American Lung Association of the Northeast
Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids
American Heart Association


Cigarettes - Minimum Markup

House Bill No. 7733
BY  Phillips, Casey, Morin, Giarrusso, Abney
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION -- CIGARETTE TAX-MINIMUM PRICE OF CIGARETTES (Requires that a fifteen percent (15%) minimum markup be added to the total cost of cigarettes sold by retailers.)
{LC4902/1}
02/24/2016 Introduced, referred to House Finance
04/27/2016 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (05/03/2016)
05/03/2016 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


Smoke-Free Casinos

Senate Bill No. 2383
BY  Sosnowski, Crowley, Miller, Goldin, Conley
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY - PUBLIC HEALTH AND WORKPLACE SAFETY ACT (Repeals the Rhode Island pari-mutuel facilities exemption to the public health and workplace safety act thereby banning smoking at all parimutuel facilities.)
{LC4040/1}
02/10/2016 Introduced, referred to Senate Special Legislation and Veterans Affairs
04/11/2016 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (04/13/2016)
04/13/2016 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


Smoke-Free Public Housing

Senate Bill No. 2624
BY  Raptakis, Jabour, Cote, Conley, Metts
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY - PUBLIC HEALTH AND WORKPLACE SAFETY ACT (Prohibits smoking in all areas of public housing authority units/common areas and requires a designated smoking space at least 50 feet from all doors, windows, mailboxes, and parking areas.)
{LC3886/1}
02/25/2016 Introduced, referred to Senate Health and Human Services
04/08/2016 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (04/12/2016)
04/12/2016 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


Smoke-Free Beaches

House Bill No. 8081 (by request)
BY  Shekarchi, Solomon, Carson, Marshall, Naughton
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY -- PUBLIC BEACH SMOKING POLLUTION CONTROL ACT (Prohibits smoking on public beaches in the state of Rhode Island.)
{LC5681/1}
04/14/2016 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary
04/21/2016 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (04/27/2016)


No Smoking In Cars With Kids

Senate Bill No. 2765
BY  Sosnowski, Crowley, Conley, Archambault, Goldin
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES - MISCELLANEOUS RULES (Authorizes police officers to provide a verbal warning to a person who is smoking in a vehicle containing a child who is restrained or required to be restrained.)
{LC4435/1}
03/10/2016 Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary
03/29/2016 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (03/31/2016)
03/31/2016 Committee recommended measure be held for further study

 

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