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2013 Senate Bill 311: Increase tobacco sale to & possession by minors penalties
  1. Introduced by Sen. Steve Bieda (D) on April 11, 2013, to increase the penalties for selling tobacco to minors, from $50 to $100 for a first offense, $250 for a second offense, and $500 for a third offense within a year. The increased penalties would also apply to a minor who tries to buy or who possesses tobacco.
    • Referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee on April 11, 2013.
      • Reported in the Senate on September 10, 2013, with the recommendation that the bill pass.
    • Amendment offered in the Senate on September 19, 2013, to establish that if passed the bill will go into effect 90 days after it is enacted. The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on September 19, 2013.
    • Amendment offered by Sen. Hoon-Yung Hopgood (D) on September 26, 2013, to explicitly apply the bill's sanctions not just to the retail company that sells tobacco to a minor but also to a "clerk, agent and employee". The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on September 26, 2013.
  2. Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on September 26, 2013, to increase the penalties for selling tobacco to minors, from $50 to $100 for a first offense and $500 for subsequent offenses. The increased penalties would also apply to a minor who tries to buy or who possesses tobacco.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the House on September 26, 2013.
    • Referred to the House Regulatory Reform Committee on September 26, 2013.

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