The House was expected to vote on e-cigarette regulation on April 9, but the vote has been postponed. Use the additional time to express support for a ban on indoor use to legislators and Gov. Dayton.
(Published Apr 9, 2014)
1. Get Informed.
The health and human services omnibus bills in both the House (HF 2402) and Senate (SF 2087) include language from SF 2027/HF 1931 (Sen. Kathy Sheran, DFL-Mankato, and Rep. Laurie Halverson, DFL-Eagan) regulating the sale and use of electronic cigarettes, also called e-cigarettes.
To prevent a patchwork approach to regulation and because of the health concerns of electronic cigarettes, the League of Minnesota Cities supports the addition of electronic cigarettes to the Minnesota Clean Indoor Air Act (MCIAA). The Senate version of the bill includes language adding electronic cigarettes to the MCIAA while the House companion does not. Both House and Senate bills include language prohibiting the sale of e-cigarettes to minors, self-service sales, and use in public schools and would not pre-empt a local ordinance that provides for more restrictive regulation. The bills are now awaiting action on both the Senate and House floors.
On March 25, Gov. Dayton told the Star Tribune that proposals this year to ban the indoor use of electronic cigarettes may go too far. While the governor supports restricting the sale to minors, he is likely to oppose restrictions on indoor use. It is important that the governor hears from cities about their experiences regulating electronic cigarettes and the need for a statewide ban on indoor use.
2. Take Action.
City officials are encouraged to contact the governor’s office, House and Senate leadership, and their legislators in both the House and the Senate to express support for a statewide ban on indoor use of electronic cigarettes to avoid a patchwork approach to regulation.
Gov. Dayton: Mark.Dayton@state.mn.us or (651) 201-3400
It is important that legislators are aware of the importance of acting on this legislation at the statewide level. Share how your city has dealt with issues related to regulating e-cigarettes. Cities can also use the following talking points:
3. Stay Involved.
If you get feedback from your outreach to lawmakers, or if you have questions on this issue, please contact Ann Lindstrom at firstname.lastname@example.org or (651) 281-1261.
Share your city’s ordinance(s), if applicable, or other actions and questions you have encountered at the local level on this issue.
Stay tuned to League resources for more information:
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Contact Ann Lindstrom
(651) 281-1261 or (800) 925-1122
Contact Heather Corcoran
(651) 281-1256 or (800) 925-1122
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