Legislative Update: 2/11/13

  • Mark your calendars for the 2013 Peds Day at the Capitol!  Set for February 13 2013, it’s a wonderful opportunity to visit with fellow pediatricians, hear from legislative leaders, and meet your elected officials.  Register here!
  • A number of bills dealing with tobacco came before the Legislature in recent weeks.  Both the House Tax Committee and the Senate Tax Reform Committee heard bills that would reclassify so-called “little cigars” as conventional cigarettes.  Particularly appealing to youth because of their fruit and candy flavoring and low price, little cigars are taxed at a far lower rate than cigarettes due to a loophole in the state’s tax law.  The bipartisan proposals would close the loophole, raising the price of the product.  Also receiving attention was a House proposal to raise the state’s tobacco tax by $1.60.  The MNAAP is part of the “Raise it For Health” Coalition, and has been actively supporting both of these efforts.

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