Louisiana seeks to reduce tobacco tax

Message from the Tobacco Control Network (TCN):

FYI: Unfortunate tobacco tax news from Louisiana

Dear Tobacco Control Network members:

Yesterday, the Louisiana House failed to override Governor Bobby Jindal’s veto of a bill that would have extended a temporary four-cent cigarette tax. The result is that the cigarette excise tax in Louisiana will decrease by four cents upon the sunset of the current law in July 2012, bringing the state’s tax rate from $0.36 to $0.32 per pack. Please see attached for a more detailed policy update from Louisiana, or see below for recent media coverage.

This news from Louisiana is concerning, as it bucks the steady upward trend in state tobacco taxes that has occurred in recent years. Louisiana is one of several states that have encountered tobacco tax rollback efforts this year. As we all know, and as a new report from ACS-CAN confirms, tobacco taxes save lives and save money.

If you would like to get in touch with any of the states that have faced tobacco tax rollback efforts to learn how to combat similar challenges in your own state, or would like to learn from your peers about successful policy advocacy strategies, please contact tcn@sph.emory.edu.

Best regards,

Carissa

Carissa Beatty, MPH, CHES

Program Coordinator, Tobacco Control Network (TCN)

tcn@sph.emory.eduwww.ttac.org/TCN

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HB 591 History Brief

Legislature – Cigarette Tax

House refuses to override veto

Millhollon; THE ADVOCATE – http://www.2theadvocate.com/news/House-refuses-to-override-veto.html

An effort to overturn Gov. Bobby Jindal’s veto of a cigarette tax renewal died in the House on Thursday after 11 legislators bolted to the governor’s camp on the issue.

House refuses to override Gov. Bobby Jindal’s veto of cigarette tax extension

Barrow; THE TIMES-PICAYUNE – http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2011/06/house_refuses_to_override_gov.html

BATON ROUGE — As expected, the House of Representatives has declined to overturn Gov. Bobby Jindal’s veto of a bill to extend a temporary 4-cent levy on packs of cigarettes, with several Republicans and a handful of others siding with the GOP governor after voting for House Bill 591 when it moved through the legislature earlier this session.

House snuffs veto override

Hasten; THE NEWS STAR – http://www.thenewsstar.com/article/20110617/NEWS01/106170316/House-snuffs-veto-override

BATON ROUGE — The House failed to override Gov. Bobby Jindal’s veto of a bill renewing a sales tax on cigarettes Thursday when 11 House members who voted for the renewal in May switched sides.

House refuses to override Jindal tax veto (6/16)

Beam; AMERICAN PRESS http://www.americanpress.com/lc/blogs/wpnewssum/?p=22200

BATON ROUGE — The House came up 12 votes short of the 70 needed here Thursday to override Gov. Bobby Jindal’s veto of a 4-cent cigarette tax.

Groups object to House sustaining Jindal veto

Hasten; SHREVEPORT TIMES http://www.shreveporttimes.com/article/20110617/NEWS11/106170322/Groups-object-House-sustaining-Jindal-veto

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