Jefferson City–April 7, 2021 Noon in hearing room 5
A hearing is scheduled at noon on HB517 for Wednesday, April 7th, (hearing room 5) in the Missouri House of Representatives “Committee on Downsizing State Government,” chaired By Representative Ben Baker.
Missouri Smoke Free urges our supporters to either attend in person to provide oral testimony or to fill out written testimony in support. To submit written testimony click here and select “Downsizing State Government” under the hearing tab.
House Bill 517 was introduced by Representative Dan Shaul, it will raise the age of tobacco and vapor products to 21, while also limiting actions that local government can take. The State of Missouri will retain the right to restrict or tax tobacco and nicotine containing products. You can read our Op-Ed that was recently published in The Missouri Times here.
Given that President Trump signed “Tobacco 21” into Federal law before leaving office, and there is currently a patchwork of law in the state of Missouri that confuses retailers, the House of Representatives should pass HB 517 out of committee and bring to the floor for a full vote. This legislation is common sense, and when passed into state statute, it will secure federal funding dollars.