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2021 House Bill 4427: Revise penalties for minor in possession of tobacco
Introduced in the House on March 3, 2021
To eliminate the criminal penalties on a first offense by a minor who tries to buy or possesses tobacco and make it a civil offense with a $100 fine, or 16 hours of community service in a nursing home or hospice, or participation in a government approved “health promotion and risk reduction” program. Subsequent offenses would be misdemeanors subject to a $200 fine and 30 or 60 days in jail.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Regulatory Reform Committee on March 3, 2021
Reported in the House on May 25, 2021
With the recommendation that the substitute (H-3) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Referred to the House Judiciary Committee on May 26, 2021
Reported in the House on October 26, 2021
With the recommendation that the substitute (H-3) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
To eliminate the criminal penalties for minor who tries to buy or possesses tobacco. A first offense would be a civil offense with a $50 fine (as in current law), and community service and participation in a government approved “health promotion and risk reduction” program. Subsequent offenses would also be civil offenses subject to a $100 fine on a second offense and $150 on subsequent offenses.
Received in the Senate on December 14, 2021
Referred to the Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee on December 14, 2021

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