BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A number of city leaders are proposing a 30% tax on electronic smoking devices sold in Baltimore.
The legislation, introduced at Monday’s city council meeting, would see distributors who sell electronic smoking devices to dealers in Baltimore pay a tax of 30% of the devices’ wholesale values.READ MORE: Baltimore County Police Union Says It Has Lost Confidence In Leadership Of BCPD Chief Melissa Hyatt
Those who don’t comply could face a fine of up to $1,000 and/or up to a year behind bars.READ MORE: Technical Problems Raise Transparency Concerns In Latest Marilyn Mosby Criminal Case Hearing
The bill is being sponsored by council president and Democratic mayoral nominee Brandon Scott as well as council members Mary Pat Clarke, Sharon Green Middleton, John T. Bullock, Ed Reisinger, Ryan Dorsey, Zeke Cohen, Leon Pinkett III and Kristerfer Burnett. It has since been referred to the city’s Taxation, Finance and Economic Development Committee.
During Monday’s council meeting, Scott said the bill is about “looking out for the public health of the community.” It would also bring in more revenue to the city’s coffers as it struggles amid the coronavirus pandemic, he added.MORE NEWS: Hogan Calls On Franchot To 'Halt Or Minimalize' Pending Gas Tax Increase; Comptroller Says Executive Action Is Needed
A public hearing is set for 10 a.m. on November 12.