Tobacco: Statewide Licensing & Enforcement

Tobacco Statewide Licensing & Enforcement SB 18-139 Oppose H. Business Affairs & Labor Rep. Jonathan Singer, D-Longmont Dianne Criswell dcriswell@cml.org SB 18-139 would require retailers of cigarettes, tobacco, or nicotine products to obtain a license from the Division of Liquor Enforcement of the Department of Revenue, increasing the potential appropriation from $350,000 to $1,000,000 from the State's Tobacco Education Programs Fund to support enforcement (this would still be subject to appropriation in the state budget).  Further, any municipality or county which imposes a fee, license, or tax on such products or on retailers would not be eligible for the 27% cigarette sales tax share-back to locals. This preemption of local authority far exceeds the boundaries of a historic agreement with the state on cigarettes.