Maine LD 821: An Act To Promote Equity in Business Opportunity for Tobacco Specialty Stores

LD 821 (subjects: SMOKING , TOBACCO PRODUCTS )

Official bill page at mainelegislature.org: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?ld=821&PID=1456&snum=127


Sponsors | Actions | Bill Text | Patterns of Support


Sponsors

Principal Sponsor: Sen. James Hamper of Oxford: (R – District 19) — e-mail | Facebook

8 Cosponsors:

Actions

Chamber

Action
3/10/2015 Senate Committee on HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
suggested and ordered printed
On motion by Senator Brakey of Androscoggin REFERRED to the Committee on HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Ordered sent down forthwith for concurrence.
3/11/2015 House Bill REFERRED to the Committee on HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES.
In concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
6/16/2015 Senate Reports READ
On motion by Senator BRAKEY of Androscoggin The Majority Ought to Pass As Amended Report ACCEPTED Roll Call Ordered Roll Call # 254 20 Yeas – 15 Nays- 0 Excused – 0 Absent PREVAILED
READ ONCE Committee Amendment “A” (S-262) READ and ADOPTED Under suspension of the Rules, READ A SECOND TIME and PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED by Committee Amendment “A” (S-262) Ordered sent down forthwith for concurrence.
6/17/2015 House Reports READ.
On motion of Representative GATTINE of Westbrook TABLED pending ACCEPTANCE of Either Report.

Later today assigned.
6/17/2015 House Unfinished Business
6/18/2015 House Unfinished Business
6/19/2015 House Unfinished Business
6/22/2015 Senate On motion by Senator BRAKEY of Androscoggin The Senate INSISTED To ACCEPTANCE of the Majority OUGHT TO PASS AS AMENDED Report AND PASSAGE TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY Committee Amendment “A” (S-262) , in NON-CONCURRENCE.
Ordered sent down forthwith for concurrence.
6/22/2015 House Speaker laid before the House
On motion of Representative GATTINE of Westbrook, the Minority Ought Not to Pass Report was ACCEPTED.
ROLL CALL NO. 325
(Yeas 81 – Nays 63 – Absent 7 – Excused 0)
In NON-CONCURRENCE and sent for concurrence.
ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
6/22/2015 House The House INSISTED on ACCEPTANCE of the Minority Ought Not to Pass Report.
ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
Placed in the Legislative Files. (DEAD)

Bill Text

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An Act To Promote Equity in Business Opportunity for Tobacco Specialty Stores

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:

Sec. 1. 22 MRSA 1542, sub- 2, L, as amended by PL 2007, c. 180, 2, is further amended to read:

L. Smoking is not prohibited in a tobacco specialty store. The on-premises service, preparation or consumption of food or drink, if the tobacco specialty store is not licensed for such service or consumption prior to January 1, 2007, is prohibited in such a store , except that a tobacco specialty store may be licensed as a cigar lounge to serve nonalcoholic and alcoholic beverages under the provisions of this paragraph. Smoking a waterpipe or hookah is prohibited in a tobacco specialty store that is newly licensed or that requires a new license after January 1, 2007.

As used in this paragraph, “cigar lounge” means a business that:

(1) Is licensed as a tobacco specialty store;

(2) Occupies a total area of not more than 2,000 square feet; and

(3) Derived 60% or more of its gross revenue for the previous calendar year from the sale of tobacco-related products.

A cigar lounge may not sell cigarettes or allow the smoking of cigarettes and may not prepare food on premises for sale. A cigar lounge must provide notice to all applicants for employment and employees that working in a cigar lounge may cause serious negative health effects including an increased risk of cancer and heart disease and that no level of exposure to environmental tobacco smoke is safe.

Smoking a waterpipe or hookah is prohibited in a tobacco specialty store that is first licensed or that requires a new license after January 1, 2007.

Sec. 2. 28-A MRSA 2, sub- 15, B-3 is enacted to read:

B-3. “Cigar lounge” means a business that is licensed as a tobacco specialty store pursuant to Title 22, section 1542, subsection 2, paragraph L, occupies a total area of not more than 2,000 square feet and derived 60% or more of its gross revenue for the previous calendar year from the sale of tobacco-related products.

Sec. 3. 28-A MRSA 1012, sub- 7 is enacted to read:

7. Cigar lounge. The bureau may issue a license as provided in section 1051 to a cigar lounge. The license fee per calendar year is $100.

Sec. 4. 28-A MRSA 1080 is enacted to read:

1080. Cigar lounge

The bureau may issue licenses under this section for the sale of spirits, wine and malt liquor to be consumed on the premises to cigar lounges as defined in section 2, subsection 15, paragraph B-3.

summary

This bill allows certain tobacco specialty stores to be licensed as a cigar lounge, which may serve nonalcoholic and alcoholic beverages. A cigar lounge may not sell cigarettes or prepare food on premises for sale. A tobacco specialty store that is a cigar lounge must provide notice about the dangers of environmental tobacco smoke to applicants for employment and employees. The cigar lounge license fee is $100.

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Note: Maine Clean Elections Act (MCEA) Qualified candidates only accept a small dollar value of initial contributions early in their campaigns, pledge not to accept further campaign contributions from private sources, and receive public funding for their campaigns. MCEA Non-Qualified candidates choose not to obtain public funding and instead are free to accept campaign contributions from individuals, party committees, political action committees and business sources.


This information about LD 821 was last updated on 2016-05-12.
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