Re-posting from elsewhere in the forum
Read this now before anything else!
IF YOU DO NOT READ THIS VAPING WILL NOT EXIST IN UTAH.
HB372 is being proposed this year which has the potential to ban internet sales of your products to residents of the state by requiring face to face transactions. This bill under the current wording could also be taken to mean that it prevents you from selling via the internet to ANYONE anywhere. This is another one of Representative Ray's pet anti-smoking/nicotine bills that he introduces each year.
This bill is being heard in the House Health and Human Services Standing Committee Wednesday afternoon just after 4pm. If you value your internet sales, it is in your best interest to attend this session with details of your internet sales volumes, employees, taxes paid to the state, etc to fight for this bill to be removed.
His bill states there will be no financial impact of this bill being passed thus it's obvious he has zero clue the amount of business done in the state. He's estimating over 1.5 million in added revenue due to taxation however his bill leads me to believe the taxation for both the ecig and smokeless products will be brought to the same levels as tobacco cigarettes (although it does not specifically state how they will be taxed or at what rate). The bill also will ban all forms of advertisement for your business which could have detrimental impact to your longevity as a vendor in the state.
The links to the agenda and the bill are here:
I encourage each of you to appear 1 hour before the hearing, sign up to speak and state your case to fight this one. There are 10 days left in the session so if it is fought well, it may die in committee but will not if you as vendors don't testify on Wednesday. I encourage all other concerned vapers to show up in force to support our vendors. The more people we have up there the more they will see we cannot be silenced...
This is the list of reps who you guys need to voice your opinion to ASAP.. like right now.. tonight... before 8pm.. I am asking all of our customers and friends please write them all and tell then NO on HB372
IF YOU CANNOT SHOW UP PLEASE EMAIL THE FOLLOWING PEOPLE
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House Health & Human Services Committee
Rep. Paul Ray, Chair -- H: 801-774-0624 / M: 801-725-2719 -- [email protected]
Rep. LaVar Christensen, Vice Chair -- C: 801-808-5105 -- [email protected]
Rep. Rebecca Chavez-Houck -- M: 801-891-9292 -- [email protected]
Rep. Stewart Barlow -- H: 801-544-4708 / C: 801-289-6699 -- [email protected]
Rep. Tim Cosgrove -- H:801-685-0673 -- [email protected]
Rep. Brian M. Greene -- C: 801-889-5693 -- [email protected]
Rep. Ronda Rudd Menlove -- H: 435-458-9115 -- [email protected]
Rep. Michael S. Kennedy -- H: 801-763-1376 / C: 801-358-2362 -- [email protected]
Rep. Edward H. Redd -- H: 435-752-3364 / C: 435-760-3177 -- [email protected]
PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD