92nd General Assembly
Summary of HB0784
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TOBACCO-SALE TO MINORS                                                     

Synopsis of Bill as introduced:
        Amends the Sale of Tobacco to Minors Act.  Provides that  tobacco      
   products  may  be  sold  in  vending  machines  in taverns only if the      
   vending machine is at least 25 feet from any entrance.  Provides that,      
   before selling tobacco products to a person, the retailer must request      
   and examine  photographic  identification  of  the  person  unless  it      
   appears without reasonable doubt that the person is over 27 years old.      
   Prohibits  retailers  from  distributing  individual  cigarettes  or a      
   quantity of tobacco from a package intended  for  individual  consumer      
   use.  Prohibits the dispensation of tobacco product samples in certain      
   public  areas.   Requires  retailers  of  tobacco  products to place a      
   warning sign at each point of sale.   Requires  retailers  of  tobacco      
   products  to  obtain  a  license from the Department of Public Health.      
   Increases penalties  for  the  distribution  of  tobacco  products  to      
   persons under 18 years of age.                                              
          FISCAL NOTE (Dept. of Public Health)                                 
          HB 784 may have a significant fiscal impact on DPH. Although         
          license fees and fines for violations are to be collected by         
          the State, no provisions are made for deposit of those fees/         
          fines in a fund that would support the licensure efforts of          
          the Department. Without such legislative language, the monies        
          collected as a result of HB 784 will be deposited into the           
          General Revenue Fund. According to DCCA, there are almost            
          6,500 grocery stores, gas stations and convenience stores,           
          and liquor stores operating in the State today. It is assumed        
          that most of these establishments sell tobacco products or           
          maintain tobacco vending machines. Additionally, some 6,000          
          food service businesses may also maintain tobacco product            
          vending machines and require one or more licenses under the          
          provisions of HB 784. There are other entities such as gift          
          shops and bars that also will need to apply to IDPH for an           
          annual tobacco retail license pursunt to the Act. Based on the       
          assumption that for every 2,000 applications processed, one          
          staff person is needed to process the application and validate       
          the check, the Department would possibly need 8 additional           
          staff persons to manage the tobacco licensure process, result-       
          ing in a cost to the Department of approximately $500,000 per        
          fiscal year.                                                         
Last action on Bill: SESSION SINE DIE

   Last action date: JAN-07-2003

           Location: House

 Amendments to Bill: AMENDMENTS ADOPTED: HOUSE -   0     SENATE -   0


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