SB 1213 Creates additional regulation for tobacco manufacturers
Sponsor:Steelman Co-Sponsor(s)
LR Number:4326S.04C Fiscal Note:4326-04
Committee:Ways and Means
Last Action:05/14/04 - S Inf Calendar S Bills for Perfection Journal page:
Title:SCS SB 1213
Effective Date:August 28, 2004
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Current Bill Summary

SCS/SB 1213 - This act requires all tobacco product manufacturers who sell cigarettes in this state to file an annual form with the Director of Revenue stating they are in compliance with the Master Settlement Agreement. Participating manufacturers must certify a list of its brand families. Nonparticipating manufacturers must provide additional information as indicated including a more detailed listing of brand families and units sold and that the nonparticipating manufacturer is registered to do business in the state, maintains a qualified escrow fund (including specific information regarding the account), is in full compliance with the Master Settlement. Tobacco product manufacturers must maintain information used to compile the certification for five years.

By January 1, 2005, the Director of Revenue shall publish or make available on its website a list of all tobacco product manufacturers who have filed certifications. It shall be unlawful to any person to affix a stamp to a package of cigarettes of a tobacco product manufacturer or brand family that is not included in the directory or to offer those cigarettes for sale. A manufacturer must receive notice 15 days prior to de- listing. Twenty-one days after notice of de-listing, a stamping agent must stop selling the tobacco product, 51 days after such notice, a retailer must stop selling the products.

Foreign nonparticipating manufacturers who are not registered to do business in the state must designate an agent for service of process as a condition precedent to being listed in the directory. If the agent is not in this state, service must be made to the agent and publication of service must be made for 7 days in a major newspaper of this state.

Stamping agents are required to submit a quarterly report to the Director of Revenue the equivalent stick count for which the stamping agent affixed stamps or otherwise paid the tax due for the cigarettes. The stamping agent must maintain documentation used to compile the report for five years. The Director of Revenue and the Director of Revenue may share information for the purposes of enforcement of the provisions of this act.

The Director of Revenue may require nonparticipating manufacturers, stamping agents and tobacco product manufacturers to provide certain additional information necessary to determine compliance.

Upon determination of a violation, the Director of the Department of Revenue may suspend the license of a stamping agent. Each stamp affixed and each sale or offer to sell cigarettes shall constitute a separate violation. The Director of the Department of Revenue may also impose a civil penalty of the greater of 500% of the retail value of the cigarettes or $5,000. Cigarettes sold, offered for sale or possessed for sale that are in violation are deemed contraband and subject to seizure and forfeiture. The Director of Revenue may seek and injunction for threatened or actual violations.

It is a Class A misdemeanor to sell or distribute cigarettes, or acquire, hold, own, possess, transport, import or cause to be imported cigarettes that the person knew or should have known were intended for distribution in the State which are in violation of the stamping provisions. Violations of the stamping provisions shall also be deemed to be engaged in unfair merchandising practices pursuant to Chapter 407, RSMo.

Decisions regarding maintenance of the directory by the Director of Revenue shall be subject to review by the Administrative Hearings Commission. Effective dates for implementation of the provisions are provided. The Director of Revenue may promulgate necessary rules. The State shall be entitled to recover costs of enforcement actions including reasonable attorneys fees. If a court determines that a violation has occurred, the court may order any profits be disgorged and paid into the General Revenue Fund which is created.

This act is similar to HB 1267 (2004). Jeff Craver