Ask your Senator to vote NO on amendment to SB 131


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Concerned about SB 131 Tobacco Retail Licensure

Dear [Decision Maker],

I am writing today as your constituent to ask you to stand up for the importance of allowing local control for municipalities in Senate Bill 131 and to ensure that tobacco retail shops are held accountable for not selling tobacco products to anyone under age 21.

I understand an amendment may be introduced in Senate Judiciary Committee that will remove the repeal of preemption in SB 131. Preemption is especially harmful for reducing tobacco use in our state because it can invalidate local tobacco control policy efforts and make it impossible for municipalities to strengthen their tobacco prevention laws to protect the health of their citizens.

I urge you to vote NO on any amendment to include preemption in SB 131.

SB 131 has the potential to be strong legislation that will help curb the epidemic of e-cigarette use among youth. However, preemption as well as current provisions in the bill that would place criminal penalties on the clerks who sell to underage customers and that do not specify the timeline for compliance checks of retail establishments would severely impact the effectiveness of this proposed law.

I urge you to stand up for the health of New Mexicans by making sure SB 131 will repeal preemption and hold tobacco retail businesses accountable for compliance.

[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]
[Your Email]