ALERT: SB1220 & SB1032 Public Hearing On Thursday February 5, 2015. Hawaii Vapers — Your Testimonies Are Needed.
Hawaii’s Legislative session began on January 21, 2015, and already we have seen several bills that relate to the use and sale of vapor products. Senate Bills 1220 & 1032 have been sent to the Senate Health / Consumer Protection Committee. A public hearing has been scheduled for this Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 9:00AM at Hawaii’s Capitol Building in conference room 229.
What this means is that our lawmakers are actively seeking testimony (comments) from us, the public in regards to these bills. We strongly urge you to let YOUR voice be heard on both bills. Right now you can submit your written testimony for SB1220 & SB1032.
What SB1220 Will Do If It Is Passed:
1. Expand the definition of a taxed “tobacco products” to include any product that contains nicotine, but does not contain tobacco.
2. It will place an excise tax of 80% of the wholesale price of any tobacco product (other than large cigars) on any items sold by a wholesaler or retailer on or after January 1, 2016.
We strongly urge YOU to submit your written testimony against this bill and have your voice be heard. If you are able to make it to the capitol to testify in person at the reading to back up your testimony that is even better.
Where YOU Can Testify On Behalf of Hawaii’s Vaping Community:
Hawaii State Capitol Building
415 South Beretania Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
Senate Conference Room 229 (Click here for map of where to find RM 229)
February 5, 2015 (THURSDAY)
Where to Park:
There are public metered parking stalls in the State Capitol underground parking garage, accessible via Miller Street off of Punchbowl Street. Park ONLY in metered the stalls. Click here for a visual map on where to park.