Lawmakers Set To Vote On Tobacco Package
One of the six bills would raise the legal age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21.
The Sacramento Bee:
Major Tobacco Votes Loom
Thursday could be a big day for tobacco legislation at the Capitol. Legislators are expected to vote on a package of six bills to strengthen tobacco regulations. The measures regulate e-cigarettes like tobacco, add more state-recognized smoke-free workplaces, raise the smoking age to 21, ban smoking on all school campuses, create annual licensing fees and allow local jurisdictions to establish their own tax. The anticipated vote on the tobacco bills could conclude a special session Gov. Jerry Brown called last year. Brown opened the health special session to focus on establishing a new tax for managed care organizations, with lawmakers also weighing in on an assisted death bill. (Luna, 3/2)
California Lawmakers Seek To Tighten Up Tobacco Laws
A new bill before California lawmakers would make it illegal for anyone under 21 to buy tobacco. The bill is part of a collection of six bills intended to crack down on tobacco use. Some of the other bills include an effort to restrict smoking in schools zones, newer regulations on the electronic cigarette industry and a bill that would allow local governments to set their own tobacco tax rates. (Battah, 3/2)