Florida Lawmaker Files Measure Urging Members to Support Cigar-Exemption Bills

Published: January 15, 2020 | Cigar Aficionado

Between Tampa’s Ybor City and Miami’s Little Havana neighborhoods, Florida’s history of cigarmaking runs deep. The cigar industry is not only ingrained in many Floridians culturally, but also economically.

Rep. Anthony Sabatini (R-32) introduced a memorial bill yesterday in the Florida House that commemorates these facts and also encourages his fellow lawmakers to support two federal bills that would protect premium cigars from regulation: H.R. 1854 and S. 9. (Largely symbolic, memorial bills are the method by which the legislative bodies petition Congress and other governments or governmental agencies.)

S. 9 was introduced last year by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), while H.R. 1854 was submitted by Florida Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL-14). Both bills seek to protect premium cigars, with Castor’s bill going one step further by specifying that cigars with “flavor additives” would not be protected like premium cigars.

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