2017 RHODE ISLAND TOBACCO LEGISLATION

Listed below are ALL the 2017 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

House Bill No. 5175
(Governor)
BY Abney
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE SUPPORT OF THE STATE FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING JUNE 30, 2018
01/19/2017 Introduced, referred to House Finance
03/22/2017 Tobacco Articles hearing
06/13/2017 Scheduled for consideration (06/15/2017)
06/16/2017 Committee recommends passage of Sub A
06/16/2017 Placed on House Calendar (06/22/2017)
06/22/2017 House passed Sub A as amended (floor amendment)
06/22/2017 Referred to Senate Finance
06/23/2017 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (06/27/2017)
06/27/2017 Committee recommends passage of Sub A as amended in concurrence
06/27/2017 Placed on Senate Calendar (06/30/2017)
06/30/2017 Senate passed Sub A as amended (floor amendment)
08/01/2017 Placed on Senate Calendar (08/03/2017)
08/03/2017 Senate voted to reconsider
08/03/2017 Senate passed Sub A as amended in concurrence
08/03/2017 Transmitted to Governor
08/03/2017 Signed by Governor

$0.50 Cigarette Tax Increase Opposed by:
American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network
American Heart Association
American Lung Association
Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids
StayFit Plan

* Read written testimony provided by all of the advocates listed above and find out why a $0.50 tax increase isn't enough.
A $0.50 cigarette excise tax increase was passed, raising RI’s cigarette tax from $3.75 to $4.25 per pack; however the additional $500,000 that was originally proposed to fund tobacco control programing was not allocated.

House Resolution No. 5243
BY  Barros, Regunberg, McLaughlin, Johnston, Shanley
ENTITLED, HOUSE RESOLUTION CREATING A SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE COMMISSION TO STUDY RHODE ISLAND'S MINIMUM PRICING STATUTES (Creates a nine (9) member study commission to study Rhode Island's minimum pricing statutes, and report back no later than April 6, 2017, and expires on June 6, 2017.)
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01/26/2017 Introduced, referred to House Finance
04/25/2017 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (04/27/2017)
04/27/2017 Committee postponed at request of sponsor
06/19/2017 Scheduled for consideration (06/21/2017)
06/21/2017 Committee recommends passage
06/24/2017 Placed on House Calendar (06/26/2017)
06/26/2017 House passed as amended (floor amendment)

Senate Bill No. 113
BY  Miller, Ruggerio
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.)
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02/01/2017 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance

Senate Bill No. 132
BY  Miller, Ruggerio
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.)
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02/01/2017 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance

Senate Bill No. 206
BY  Miller, Sosnowski, Crowley, Metts, Ruggerio
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION - LITTLE CIGAR TAX (Requires the tax imposed on little cigars be imposed in the same manner as tax imposed on cigarettes, that 25% of such revenue, would be applied to smoking cessation programs, and would provide that little cigars be sold in packs of twenty (20) or more.)
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02/02/2017 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance

House Bill No. 5506
BY  Phillips, Morin, Corvese, Azzinaro, Costantino
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.)
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02/15/2017 Introduced, referred to House Finance
05/26/2017 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (05/30/2017)
05/30/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study

Senate Bill No. 470
BY Lombardo, Lombardi, Archambault
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION - CIGARETTE TAX-MINIMUM PRICE OF CIGARETTES (Provides for a markup of fifteen percent (15%) and would be added to the total cost of cigarettes sold by a retailer.)
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03/02/2017 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance


Electronic Cigarettes

Senate Bill No. 232
BY Miller, Ruggerio, Doyle, Jabour, Sosnowski
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.)
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02/02/2017 Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary
04/21/2017 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (04/27/2017)
04/27/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study

House Bill No. 5821 Sub A as amended
BY  Tanzi, Fogarty, Maldonado, Barros, Ajello
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY -- PUBLIC HEALTH AND WORKPLACE SAFETY ACT (Amends the definition of “retail tobacco store” to include stores that primarily sell “electronic cigarettes” and of “smoking” to include the use of electronic smoking device)
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03/02/2017 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.
03/17/2017 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (03/22/2017)
03/22/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
05/26/2017 Scheduled for consideration (05/31/2017)
05/31/2017 Committee recommends passage of Sub A
06/02/2017 Placed on House Calendar (06/07/2017)
06/07/2017 House passed Sub A as amended (floor amendment)
06/08/2017 Referred to Senate Health and Human Services
06/09/2017 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (06/13/2017)
06/13/2017 Committee recommends passage of Sub A as amended in concurrence
06/20/2017 Placed on Senate Calendar (06/22/2017)
06/27/2017 Senate voted to recommit to Senate Health and Human Services

Original Bill Before Amendments Were Made Was Supported by:
American Lung Association
American Heart Association
Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids
Amanda Jamieson, PhD, Public Health Advocate
New England Laborers' Health and Safety Fund
Patricia Nolan, MD, MPH, former RI Department of Health Director
RI Academy of Family Physicians

* Read written testimony provided by many of the advocates listed above

Senate Bill No. 446 Sub A as amended
BY Ruggerio, Sosnowski, Miller, Coyne, Seveney
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY - PUBLIC HEALTH AND WORKPLACE SAFETY ACT (Changes the definition of products which can be sold in a retail tobacco store and also adds electronic smoking devices to this definition.)
04/28/2017 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (05/04/2017)
05/25/2017 Committee recommends passage of Sub A
06/06/2017 Placed on Senate Calendar (06/08/2017)
06/08/2017 Senate passed Sub A as amended (floor amendment)
06/09/2017 Referred to House H.E.W.
06/12/2017 Scheduled for consideration (06/14/2017)
06/14/2017 Committee recommends passage of Sub A as amended in concurrence
06/16/2017 Placed on House Calendar (06/21/2017)
06/21/2017 House passed Sub A as amended (floor amendment)
06/21/2017 Placed on Senate Calendar (06/27/2017)
06/28/2017 Senate voted to recommit to Senate Health and Human Services

Original Bill Before Amendments Were Made Was Supported by:
American Lung Association
American Heart Association
Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids
RI Academy of Family Physicians
American Nurses Association of Rhode Island
New England Laborers' Health and Safety Fund
RI Committee on Occupational Safety & Health
Christopher W. Kahler, PhD, Public Health Advocate
Patricia Nolan, MD, MPH, former RI Department of Health Director

* Read written testimony provided by many of the advocates listed above


E-Liquid

Senate Bill No. 402 SUB A
(Attorney General)
BY  Ruggerio, Jabour, Miller, Lombardi, Coyne
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, and also bans the use of electronic nicotine delivery systems in schools.)
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03/02/2017 Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary
04/21/2017 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (04/27/2017)
04/27/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
06/26/2017 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (06/28/2017)
06/28/2017 Committee recommends passage of Sub A
06/29/2017 Placed on Senate Calendar (06/29/2017)
06/29/2017 Senate passed Sub A
06/30/2017 Placed on the House Consent Calendar (06/30/2017)
10/03/2017 Transmitted to Governor
10/05/2017 Signed by Governor

House Bill No. 5876  SUB A
(Attorney General)
BY  Tanzi, Donovan, Ajello, Ruggiero, Nunes
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, and also bans the use of electronic nicotine delivery systems in schools.)
03/08/2017 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.
03/31/2017 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (04/05/2017)
04/05/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
05/05/2017 Scheduled for consideration (05/10/2017)
05/10/2017 Committee recommends passage of Sub A
05/19/2017 Placed on House Calendar (05/25/2017)
05/25/2017 House passed Sub A
05/30/2017 Referred to Senate Judiciary
06/26/2017 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (06/28/2017)
06/28/2017 Committee recommends passage of Sub A in concurrence
10/03/2017 Transmitted to Governor
10/05/2017 Signed by Governor


Raising Age of Sale of Tobacco to 21

House Bill No. 5820
BY Tanzi, Fogarty, Handy, Maldonado, Ranglin-Vassell
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSE -- CHILDREN (Raises the legal minimum age to purchase tobacco products and nicotine-delivery systems from age eighteen (18) to age twenty-one (21).)
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03/02/2017 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.
03/17/2017 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration
03/17/2017 Meeting postponed (03/22/2017)
03/17/2017 Referred to House Finance
06/05/2017 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (06/07/2017)
06/07/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study

Supported by:
American Heart Association
March of Dimes
American Lung Association
Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids
* Read written testimony provided by all of the advocates listed above

Senate Bill No. 593
BY Coyne, Lombardo, Miller, Sosnowski, Ruggerio
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES - CHILDREN (Provides certain restrictions on the sale of tobacco products, enhance the definition of "tobacco products", and would raise the legal minimum age to purchase tobacco products and nicotine-delivery systems from (18) to (21) years of age.)
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03/15/2017 Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary
04/21/2017 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (04/27/2017)
04/27/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study

Supported by:
American Heart Association
March of Dimes
American Lung Association
Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids
Rhode Island Medical Society
American Academy of Pediatrics

* Read written testimony provided by all of the advocates listed above


Smoke-Free Casinos

Senate Bill No. 357
BY  Sosnowski, Miller, Conley, Goldin, Crowley
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY - PUBLIC HEALTH AND WORKPLACE SAFETY (Repeals the Rhode Island pari-mutuel facilities exemption to the public health and workplace safety act thereby banning smoking at all pari-mutuel facilities.)
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02/16/2017 Introduced, referred to Senate Special Legislation and Veterans Affairs
04/07/2017 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (04/12/2017)
04/12/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


Smoke-Free Housing

House Bill No. 5522
BY  Shanley, McNamara, Vella-Wilkinson, Bennett, Serpa
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY - MULTI-UNIT RESIDENCE SAFETY ACT (Permits tenants of multi-unit residences to terminate their lease agreements if no action is taken to remedy the presence of secondhand smoke.)
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02/15/2017 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary
03/24/2017 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (03/28/2017)
03/28/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study

Supported by:
American Lung Association

* Read written testimony provided by the American Lung Association.

House Bill No. 5741
(by request)
BY  Solomon, Tanzi, Handy, Shanley
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY - MULTI-UNIT RESIDENCE SAFETY ACT (Prohibits smoking in common areas of multi-unit residential developments.)
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03/01/2017 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.
03/24/2017 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (03/29/2017)
03/29/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study

 

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