Cigarette tax increase passes house, Sept. 11 Memorial

Sep 10, 2015

The House of Representatives narrowly approve a cigarette tax increase as a plan to fill a budget shortfall inches forward in the Alabama Legislature.

Representatives voted 52-46 for the bill to place an additional 25-cent tax on each pack of cigarettes. Republicans were narrowly able to muster the votes within their own party to approve the cigarette tax. Democrats largely voted against the bill, saying the state should consider tax reform or gambling measures.

State lawmakers consider cigarette tax increase

Apr 4, 2015

Gov. Robert Bentley has proposed a number of ways to raise revenue to heal Alabama's ailing budget.

One possible way is a higher cigarette tax. Alabama lawmakers are considering two proposals that would raise cigarette taxes to fill a major hole in the state's general fund.

Bentley's proposal would raise the tax on a pack from 42.5 cents to $1.25.

A second proposal would raise the tax rate by 32.5 cents per pack.

Experts say higher cigarette taxes can lead to smuggling.

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The Alabama Senate has again passed a bill to ban smoking in many work places and in many businesses. Democratic Sen. Vivian Davis Figures guided her bill through the Senate on a 21-8 vote Tuesday. Figures has passed similar legislation in the Senate before, only to have it die in the House. Figures is uncertain how it will fare in the House this time. Her bill bans smoking in most businesses, but bars and private clubs are excluded. It also does not affect smoking in homes, unless the homes provide day care services.