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2009 Senate Bill 264: Ban non fire-safe cigarettes

Public Act 56 of 2009

  1. Introduced by Sen. Tupac Hunter (D) on February 19, 2009, to restrict sales of cigarettes to only those meeting the standard for self-extinguishing cigarettes established by the state of New York. Cigarette makers would have to certify and pay a $1,250 tax for each "brand family" every three years. Violations would be subject to fines up to $100,000 per month, and $25,000 per month for retailers. The bill also would increase various reporting requirements.
    • Referred to the Senate Commerce & Tourism Committee on February 19, 2009.
      • Reported in the Senate on May 7, 2009, with the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on May 13, 2009, to replace the previous version of the bill with one that revises details but does not change the substance of the bill as previously described. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on May 13, 2009.
  2. Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on May 14, 2009.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the House on May 14, 2009.
    • Referred to the House Regulatory Reform Committee on May 14, 2009.
      • Reported in the House on June 3, 2009, without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.
  4. Passed 102 to 6 in the House on June 11, 2009, to restrict sales of cigarettes to only those meeting the standard for self-extinguishing cigarettes established by the state of New York. Cigarette makers would have to certify and pay a $1,250 tax for each "brand family" every three years. Violations would be subject to fines up to $100,000 per month, and $25,000 per month for retailers. The bill also would increase various reporting requirements.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Signed by Gov. Jennifer Granholm on June 25, 2009.

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