By: J. Glynn Loope, CRA Executive Director
Okay, Twisted Sister was a little after my rock & roll days, but I love the song, “We're Not Gonna to Take It.” It should become our call to arms to protect cigars from onerous taxation and regulation. It seems that courts and legislatures are both at work on issues of significance to the cigar enthusiasts of America , and we need you to assist in that mission.
As expected, with dozens of state capitols now in session, a near record amount of legislation has been filed of significance to those of us that simply want to enjoy a great cigar. Nearly fifty legislative acts in twenty-four states demand attention, on either the tax or regulatory front.
Cigar Rights of America is working with associated organizations and coalitions for the best possible outcome for the major issues of the day, which include a new slate of proposed statewide smoking bans, record tax increases, and regulatory actions that affect the cigar manufacturer, retailer, and consumer, alike.
Another Activist Judge That Doesn't Get It
This week, Nebraska 's Lancaster County District Judge Jodi Nelson said she does not believe it's constitutional for cigar bars, tobacco shops and hotels to have exemptions to the state smoking ban. The case was based upon a law suit filed by a long-time opponent of the state smoking ban, Big John's Billiards in Omaha .
On February 16, 2009, CRA first supported the exemption legislation in Nebraska, commending state Senator Scott Lautenbaugh, who introduced the bill. Senator Lautenbaugh said at the time that he doesn't smoke, but businesses should not be penalized. The legislation passed, and on April 23, 2009, CRA praised not only Senator Lautenbaugh and those that voted for the exemptions, but CRA commended then Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman for signing the legislation.
Today, CRA contacted Senator Lautenbaugh's office, discussed the appeal, noted our support for his position, praised his efforts during this litigation, and that we will continue to monitor this situation. If a judge can try to rule on exemptions to smoking bans in Nebraska , it can happen in your state too.
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