Please override the Governor's veto

Recipients

  • State Senator Cheryl C. Kagan
  • State Senator Susan C. Lee
  • State Senator Guy J. Guzzone
  • State Senator Adelaide 'Addie' C. Eckardt
  • State Representative Talmadge Branch
  • State Senator Joanne C. Benson
  • State Senator Robert 'Bob' Cassilly
  • State Senator Ronald 'Ron' N. Young
  • State Representative C.T. Wilson
  • State Senator Bill Ferguson IV
  • State Senator Stephen 'Steve' S. Hershey Jr.
  • State Senator Johnny Ray Salling
  • State Senator Craig J. Zucker
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  • State Representative Christopher 'Chris' T. Adams
  • State Representative Johnny Mautz
  • State Senator Clarence K. Lam
  • State Senator Benjamin 'Ben' F. Kramer
  • State Representative Kathleen M. Dumais
  • State Senator Delores G. Kelley
  • State Senator Jeff D. Waldstreicher
  • State Senator Nancy J. King
  • State Representative Mary Ann Lisanti
  • State Representative Pam Queen
  • State Senator Paul G. Pinsky
  • State Representative Brian M. Crosby
  • State Representative Diana M. Fennell
  • State Representative Steven 'Steve' J. Arentz
  • State Representative Seth A. Howard
  • State Senator J.B. Jennings
  • State Senator Jill P. Carter
  • State Representative Mike Rogers
  • State Representative Mark N. Fisher
  • State Representative Kris Valderrama
  • State Senator Will Smith Jr.
  • State Representative Ned Carey
  • State Representative Benjamin Brooks
  • State Senator Jason C. Gallion
  • State Representative Dereck E. Davis
  • State Senator Antonio L. Hayes
  • State Senator Douglas 'Doug' J.J. Peters
  • State Representative Lorig Charkoudian
  • State Senator George C. Edwards
  • State Senator Mary L. Washington
  • State Senator Chris West
  • State Representative Rick Impallaria
  • State Senator Justin D. Ready
  • State Senator Katie Fry Hester
  • State Senator Andrew A. Serafini
  • State Senator Edward 'Ed' R. Reilly
  • State Senator Bryan W. Simonaire
  • State Senator Brian J. Feldman
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  • State Senator Obie Patterson
  • State Senator Melony Griffith
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  • State Senator Jack Bailey
  • State Senator Arthur Ellis
  • State Senator Sarah K. Elfreth
  • State Senator Mary Beth Carozza
  • State Representative Courtney M. Watson
  • State Senator Malcolm Augustine
  • State Representative Lily Qi
  • State Senator Cory V. McCray
  • State Senator Thomas 'Mike' V Miller Jr.
  • State Representative Jheanelle K. Wilkins
  • State Representative Eric G. Luedtke
  • State Representative Bonnie L. Cullison
  • State Representative Ariana B. Kelly
  • State Representative Geraldine Valentino-Smith
  • State Representative Jay A. Jacobs
  • State Representative Shane E. Pendergrass
  • State Representative Charles J. Otto
  • State Representative Stephanie Smith
  • State Representative Anne R. Kaiser
  • State Representative Anne Healey
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  • State Representative Catherine 'Cathi' M. Forbes
  • State Representative Marvin 'Mel' E. Holmes Jr.
  • State Representative Kathy Szeliga
  • State Representative Carl W. Jackson
  • State Representative Kumar P. Barve
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  • State Representative Jessica M. Feldmark
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  • State Representative Jared Solomon
  • State Representative Jen Terrasa
  • State Representative Paul D. Corderman
  • State Representative Vaughn Stewart
  • State Representative Emily E. Shetty
  • State Representative Alonzo T. Washington
  • State Representative Sara Love
  • State Senator Charles E. Sydnor III
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  • State Representative Nino Mangione
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  • State Representative Michele Guyton
  • State Representative Julian Ivey
  • State Representative Jon S. Cardin
  • State Representative Wanika Fisher
  • State Representative Jason C. Buckel
  • State Representative Mike McKay
  • State Representative David Moon
  • State Representative Mary A. Lehman
  • State Representative Vanessa E. Atterbeary
  • State Representative Marc Korman
  • State Representative Steve Johnson
  • State Representative Michael 'Mike' J. Griffith
  • State Representative Veronica L. Turner
  • State Representative Michael A. Jackson
  • State Representative Lauren Arikan
  • State Representative Edith J. Patterson
  • State Representative Daniel 'Dan' L. Cox
  • State Representative Erek L. Barron
  • State Representative Darryl Barnes
  • State Representative Mark S. Chang
  • State Representative Chanel A. Branch
  • State Representative Heather Bagnall
  • State Representative Gabriel Acevero
  • State Representative Sid Saab
  • State Representative Lesley J. Lopez
  • State Representative Sheila S. Ruth
  • State Representative Samuel 'Sandy' I. Rosenberg
  • State Representative Matthew 'Matt' Morgan
  • State Representative Jesse T. Pippy
  • State Representative Harry 'H.B.' B. Bhandari
  • State Senator Shelly L. Hettleman
  • State Representative Neil C. Parrott
  • State Representative Teresa E. Reilly
  • State Representative Maggie L. McIntosh
  • State Representative Jefferson 'Jeff' Ghrist
  • State Representative Ken Kerr
  • State Representative Curtis 'Curt' S. Anderson
  • State Representative Sheree Sample-Hughes
  • State Representative Susan K. McComas
  • State Representative Kevin B. Hornberger
  • State Representative Ron Watson
  • State Representative Nick J. Mosby
  • State Representative Brian A. Chisholm
  • State Representative Brooke E. Lierman
  • State Representative Joseph 'Joe' C. Boteler III
  • State Representative Carl L. Anderton Jr.
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  • State Senator Jim Rosapepe
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  • State Representative Andrea Fletcher Harrison
  • State Representative Nick Charles II
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  • State Representative Dana M. Stein
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  • State Representative Kirill Reznik
  • State Representative Ben Barnes
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  • State Representative Jay 'Sky' Walker
  • State Representative Gerald 'Jerry' W. Clark
  • State Representative Dana Jones
  • State Representative Barrie S. Ciliberti
  • State Representative Eric D. Ebersole
  • State Representative Terri L. Hill
  • State Representative Frank M. Conaway Jr.
  • State Representative Nicholaus 'Nic' R. Kipke
  • State Representative David 'Dave' Fraser-Hidalgo
  • State Representative Keith E. Haynes
  • State Representative Bill Wivell
  • State Representative Pat Young
  • State Representative Michael E. Malone
  • State Representative Shaneka T. Henson
  • State Representative April R. Rose
  • State Representative Alfred 'Al' C. Carr Jr.
  • State Representative Adrienne A. Jones
  • State Representative Nicole A. Williams
  • State Representative Jazz Lewis

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Message

Override the Governor's Veto

Dear [Decision Maker],

Today, Governor Hogan vetoed HB 732, which included line items for increasing the state's cigarette tax by $1.75-per-pack, increases the tax on some types of other tobacco products, taxes electronic smoking devices for the first time, and earmarks $18.25 million toward tobacco prevention and cessation programs. I am writing to ask you to override Governor Hogan's veto of HB 732, the next time session is convened. The actions of the General Assembly were correct in March when the bill overwhelmingly passed and this bill is more important now--than ever.

This tax is a long overdue in Maryland, as our state has not passed a single tobacco tax increase in over a decade. We were also pleased with the Maryland General Assembly's decision to provide the state's tobacco control programs with strong funding that will help prevent tobacco addiction and save lives.

This bill would have made a significant difference for the people of Maryland, as well as the state's economy at this much-needed time. As our state battles COVID-19, it's critical that we strengthen our public health.

Not only was the bill projected to increase annual state revenue by over $95 million, but it would also have decreased the long-term health care costs from adult and youth smoking declines by more than $973 million. The $1.75 per pack cigarette tax increase was also estimated to reduce smoking in youth under age 18 by 18.2%. Additionally, it would have helped to pay for the Maryland Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) Settlement and to fund the costs as necessary associated with COVID-19.

Additionally, this tax was one that was frankly long overdue in Maryland, as our state has not passed a single tobacco tax increase in over a decade.

Smoking is still linked to more than one-quarter of cancer-related deaths in our state--and results in $2.7 billion per year in state health care costs. Additionally, 23% of Maryland high school students are currently using e-cigarettes, which have been linked to the use of other tobacco products.
Significantly increasing tobacco taxes is one of the best ways to reduce tobacco use.



Despite the outcome, we want to thank bill Sponsors, Del. Eric Luedtke and Sen. Cory McCray for their leadership, as well as, Speaker Adrienne Jones and Senate President Bill Ferguson.

However, as a volunteer with the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network I'm asking you to override the veto on HB 732-- the next time session is convened.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
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