This may very well be the most important call to action for vapers and industry stakeholders in California. As you may already know, the defeat of SB140 was short lived as exactly a week after the bill’s author walked away from the bill and referred to it as “dead on arrival” the Governor has called for a “special session” that sees the re-emergence of bills like SB140 and SB151 under different numbers and with only minor (and in some cases even less desirable) changes. More information on the consequences of SB140 and its currently similar bills for the special session can be found here and here.
The six bills introduced for this special session are:
- SB 5 & AB 6, regulating electronic cigarettes to meet existing tobacco laws;
- SB 6 & AB 7, adding hotel lobbies, small businesses, break rooms and tobacco retailers to the list of smoke-free workplaces;
- SB 7 & AB 8, changing the legal smoking age from 18 to 21;
- SB 8 & AB 9, requiring schools to be tobacco-free;
- SB 9 & AB 10, allowing local jurisdictions to tax tobacco; and
- SB 10 & AB 11, creating an annual Board of Equalization tobacco licensing fee program.
Note that while most of these bills govern tobacco products instead of vapor products, the definition as it is being sought in SB5 and AB6 would make vapor products tobacco products and as such all other bills would automatically apply.
There is currently no date and time determined as to when the “special session” starts but the legislature will be reconvening on August 17.
Listed below are the members of both houses (Senate and Assembly) that have been appointed for this extraordinary session. You can find more details on Assembly Districts here and Senate Districts here.
If you don’t know what Assembly District you are in, look it up here (or check the map) If you don’t know what Senate District you are in, look it up here (or check the map) If you are in an assembly and/or senate district that matched any of the appointed members listed below, contact them and express your concerns in particular with SB5 (Leno) and AB6 (Cooper) and ask them to vote “no” on these bills. There is no harm in reminding your representatives that you are a registered voter.
If you don’t live in any of the districts represented by an elected official appointed for this session you can always look up your elected official and contact them to express your concerns.
If you are an industry stakeholder you may want to raise awareness regarding this “special session” with your customers and encourage them to voice their opposition and concerns with their respective elected officials. If you are a consumer of vapor products, please consider involving your friends and family who are supportive of you vaping and by all means, let all your fellow vapers know to do the same.
Understand that not all the members listed below are supporters of these bills so when contacting them be cordial and polite.
Click on the members below to expand to their contact details.
Jim Wood, Assembly District 2
Bill Dodd, Assembly District 4
Frank Bigelow, Assembly District 5
Kevin McCarty, Assembly District 7
Ken Cooley, Assembly District 8
Marc Levine, Assembly District 10
Susan Bonilla, Assembly District 14
Tony Thurmond, Assembly District 15
Catherine Baker, Assembly District 16
Rob Bonta, Assembly District 18
Phil Ting, Assembly District 19
Richard S. Gordon, Assembly District 24
Nora Campos, Assembly District 27
Mark Stone, Assembly District 29
Jay Obernolte, Assembly District 33
Patty Lopez, Assembly District 39
Marc Steinorth, Assembly District 40
Chad Mayes, Assembly District 42
Richard Bloom, Assembly District 50
Jimmy Gomez, Assembly District 51
Freddie Rodriguez, Assembly District 52
Miguel Santiago, Assembly District 53
Ling Ling Chang, Assembly District 55
Eduardo Garcia, Assembly District 56
Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer, Assembly District 59
Autumn Burke, Assembly District 62
Melissa Melendez, Assembly District 67
Brian W. Jones, Assembly District 71
Marie Waldron, Assembly District 75
Brian Maienschein, Assembly District 77
Shirley Weber, Assembly District 79
Mike McGuire, Senate District 2
Lois Wolk, Senate District 3
Jim Nielsen, Senate District 4
Richard Pan, Senate District 6
Mark Leno, Senate District 11
Jerry Hill, Senate District 13
Jim Beall, Senate District 15
Bill Monning, Senate District 17
Connie Leyva, Senate District 20
Ed Hernandez, Senate District 22
Mike Morrell, Senate District 23
Holly Mitchell, Senate District 30
Tony Mendoza, Senate District 32
Ricardo Lara, Senate District 33
Isadore Hall, III, Senate District 35
Patricia Bates, Senate District 36
John Moorlach, Senate District 37
Joel Anderson, Senate District 38
The following are the known and available Twitter handles of the elected officials. Again, please do not consider social media a primary form of reaching out to them but do feel free to express your concerns, politely, through social media.
@jimwoodad2 @billdoddca @FrankBigelowCA @kmccartyad7 @kencooley @MarcLevine_CA @asmsusanbonilla @tonythurmond @CBakerAD16 @robbonta @philting @richgordon24 @ncamposassembly @asmmarkstone @jayobernolte @pattylopez_d_39 @marcsteinorth @ChadMayesCA @richardbloom @jimmygomezca @asmrodriguez52 @santiagoad53 @asml2chang @asmegarciaad56 @asmautumnburke @asmMelendez @asmbrianjones @conservtvewoman @BMaienschein @ilike_mike @senloiswolk @drpanmd @markleno @Jimbealljr @billmonning @senatorleyva @dredhernandez @mikemorrellgop @hollyjmitchell @mrtonymendoza @senricardolara @isadorehall @senatorpatbates @johnmwmoorlach @joelandersonca
SB5 / AB6
Would define the term “smoking” for purposes of the STAKE Act. The bill would also change the STAKE Act’s definition of “tobacco products” to include electronic devices, such as electronic cigarettes, that deliver nicotine or other vaporized liquids, and make furnishing such a tobacco product to a minor a misdemeanor. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.
SB6 / AB7
Current law prohibits smoking of tobacco products inside an enclosed space, as defined, at a place of employment. The violation of the prohibition against smoking in enclosed spaces of places of employment is an infraction punishable by a specified fine. This bill would expand the prohibition on smoking in a place of employment to include an owner-operated business, as defined. This bill contains other related provisions and other current laws.
SB7 / AB8
Current law requires the State Department of Public Health to conduct random, onsite sting inspections of tobacco product retailers with the assistance of persons under 18 years of age. This bill would extend the applicability of those provisions to persons under 21 years of age. The bill would authorize the State Department of Public Health to conduct random, onsite sting inspections of tobacco product retailers with the assistance of persons under 21 years of age.
SB8 / AB9
Would expand eligibility for funding for the tobacco use prevention program to include charter schools. The bill would require the State Department of Education to require that all school districts, charter schools, and county offices of education receiving funding under the program adopt and enforce a tobacco-free campus policy prohibiting the use of products containing tobacco and nicotine, as specified. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.
SB9 / AB10
Would authorize the board of supervisors of a county or city and county to impose a tax on the privilege of distributing cigarettes and tobacco products in the county or city and county, including within an incorporated city within the county.
SB10 / AB11
The Cigarette and Tobacco Products Licensing Act of 2003 requires retailers of cigarettes and tobacco products to obtain a separate license for each retail location from the State Board of Equalization, which is issued upon receipt of a completed application and payment of a one-time fee, unless specified conditions apply. This bill would require a fee of $265 to be submitted with each license application, as described above.