AB 768, also known as the “Tobacco Free Baseball Act”, is slipping through the crack of the legislative net. This bill is all about banning tobacco as baseball venues but defines vapor products as tobacco products.
If vapor products are defined as tobacco products, in this bill, or any of the other bills we’re facing this year, we may be faced with a Union pushed tobacco tax initiative that seeks to increase the current taxation on the 2016 ballot. The avoidance of the inclusion of vapor products in the ballot language makes it easier for them to pass this with a supermajority support in the CA legislature.
Our opponents are pushing extremely hard on this bill and have been relentless in their pursuit to have this bill pass committee. We are working hard as well to prevent this but we are going to need your help and we are going to need it fast!
THIS BILL NEEDS TO FAIL IN COMMITTEE AND NEEDS TO FAIL NOW
There is a good chance that, with sufficient polite and passionate voter outreach to the members of the committee we can prevent the bill from passing, thus failing in committee.
Please call and e-mail the committee members below. All of them. Please instruct your customers to e-mail and call the committee members. Your voice is needed now!
Let the committee members know you want e-cigarettes and vapor products removed from this bill entirely or at the very least NOT be defined as tobacco products. If you feel uncomfortable explaining this, please ask the committee members to just VOTE NO on this bill.
This bill is set for a hearing on 4/7/2015 at 9am at the State Capitol, Room 437 ASSEMBLY ARTS, ENTERTAINMENT, SPORTS, TOURISM, AND INTERNET MEDIA.
Ian C. Calderon (Chair)
Dem – 57
Contact Assembly Member Ian C. Calderon
P.O. Box 942849, Room 2148, Sacramento, CA 94249-0057
Jay Obernolte (Vice Chair)
Rep – 33
Contact Assembly Member Jay Obernolte
P.O. Box 942849, Room 4116, Sacramento, CA 94249-0033
Dem – 25
Contact Assembly Member Kansen Chu
P.O. Box 942849, Room 5175, Sacramento, CA 94249-0025
Rep – 66
Contact Assembly Member David Hadley
P.O. Box 942849, Room 4102, Sacramento, CA 94249-0066
Dem – 10
Contact Assembly Member Marc Levine
P.O. Box 942849, Room 2141, Sacramento, CA 94249-0010
Dem – 61
Contact Assembly Member Jose Medina
P.O. Box 942849, Room 5135, Sacramento, CA 94249-0061
Dem – 46
Contact Assembly Member Adrin Nazarian
P.O. Box 942849, Room 4146, Sacramento, CA 94249-0046