UPDATE 4/5/14: H 884 has been set for a hearing before the Senate Finance Committee on TUESDAY, April 8, 2014 at 3:00 P.M., 115 State Street Montpelier, VT 05633-5301 (Room 6) Link to Agenda - Sections 25-27 Please (1) plan on attending and offering testimony, (2) continue to contact members of the Senate Finance Committee, and (3) contact the members of the Senate Health and Welfare Committee, which will also be considering e-cigarettes in connection with the tax proposal . As a sign of respect, we request that you refrain from vaping in the State Capitol building. Contact information for both Committees can be found below in the full Call to Action.From the Committee's website: ATTENTION WITNESSES- Please email handouts to the committee assistant before your scheduled meeting date and bring 15 hard copies. Please write your name, organization, date and title on each document. With few exceptions, any documents you hand out to a committee, or send to a committee assistant, are open to the public and may be posted to the committee’s webpage.UPDATE 3/28/14: As expected, the Vermont House passed the Miscellaneous Tax Bill (H.884). This bill will now move onto the Senate Finance Committee. It is IMPERATIVE that vapers and harm reduction advocates make their voices heard NOW.Vermont is under a major attack. With no notice to the public, the Vermont House Ways & Means Committee voted yesterday (Monday, March 24th) to amend the proposed Miscellaneous Tax Bill to add an outrageous 92% of wholesale tax on "tobacco substitutes" (electronic cigarette products containing nicotine). This excessive and unjustified tax must be stopped.
Currently, the Miscellaneous Tax Bill is pending before the full House of Representatives. A vote is likely on Thursday or Friday. Indications from the ground in Vermont are that getting the e-cigarette tax removed by the House is unlikely. As a result, we are encouraging vapers to focus your phone calls, e-mails, and in-person meetings to those on the Senate Finance Committee.If you are a Vermont resident, in addition to contacting the members of the Senate Finance Committee, you should contact your own State Representatives and Senators (a total of four contacts). Make personal contact. Let them know that you are in their district and want them to oppose this unfair and punitive tax hike. Educate them about how e-cigarettes and traditional tobacco products are so different.