Bill to Raise Hawaii’s Smoking Age to 25 Stalls

Lawmakers expect it to bounce back in a new format.

February 27, 2020

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii—A state bill that would raise Hawaii’s minimum tobacco and e-cigarette purchasing age to 25 has stalled in the House of Representatives, according U.S. News.

The House Committee on Health introduced and passed the bill February 4, and the measure passed a full reading on the House floor. But it did not get the necessary hearings before the House Judiciary and Finance committees and missed a deadline for moving bills to a final committee.

However, the bill is not dead. Proponents think it will return, but in a new format after a “cut-and-replace” legislative maneuver, which strips a bill of its original content and replaces it with new legislation.

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