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Minutes for SB54 - Committee on Assessment and Taxation

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Electronic cigarettes; definitions; enforcement of tax collections.

Minutes Content for Tue, Feb 14, 2017

Chairperson Tyson opened a hearing on SB54.

Adam Siebers presented to the Committee an explanation of SB54.  He stood for questions.

Spencer Duncan presented testimony to the Committee in support of SB54 because it clarifies "the definition of consumable material on the taxation of e-cigarettes".  (Attachment 1). He stood for questions. 

No neutral testimony for SB54 was presented to the Committee.

Steve Gentry presented testimony to the Committee in opposition to SB54 by describing in detail how the proposal "would be costly for the state, cumbersome for tax administrators, retailers and wholesalers, and confusing for consumers". (Attachment 2)  He stood for questions.

Alan Smith presented testimony to the Committee in opposition to SB54 by because his organization "is interested 'in light touch' tax policy . . . easy to administer and enforce" and "policies that reduce adverse health impacts caused by traditional cigarettes". (Attachment 3) He stood for questions.

Gregory Conley presented testimony to the Committee in support of SB54 because this bill "would clarify the intent of a new tax that was passed on the vapor products industry in 2015".  (Attachment 4).  He stood for questions.

Rob Lee presented testimony to the Committee in support of SB54 because he believes "this would ensure a more equal and fair taxation of vaping consumables". (Attachment 5).  He stood for questions. 

Bert Brown presented testimony to the Committee in support of SB54 because the bill "will clarify how the tax on vapor products is imposed". (Attachment 6)  He stood for questions.

Byron McNary presented testimony to the Committee in support of SB54 because the "definitions" in the bill "would keep this product reasonably priced".  (Attachment 7).  He stood for questions.

Wally Gibson presented testimony to the Committee in support of SB54 because it reduces a tax that is excessive.  (Attachment 8).  He stood for questions.

Barbara Lee Wilson presented testimony to the Committee in support of SB54 because "the increase in prices related to applying a 0.20/ml tax on E-liquid is going to hurt the residents of the state". (Attachment 9)  She stood for questions.

Written only testimony presented to the Committee in support of SB54 was provided by Camille Gann, Vapors Oasis (Attachment 10); and Demara Epperly, Wichita Citizen (Attachment 11).

William Keip presented testimony to the Committee in opposition to SB54 by stating two reasons: "Kansas . . . may not collect projected vapor tax revenues" and "state administrative costs may increase beyond the minimum required to collect revenues due to the State".  (Attachment 12). He stood for questions.

Written only testimony presented to the Committee in opposition to SB54 was provided by Roger Moser, Kansas Public Health Assn. (Attachment 13)

When all questions from the Committee were answered, Chairperson Tyson closed the hearing on SB54.