Special Session Gives New Life to Tobacco Bills

The legislative move to shift six tobacco-related bills to the special session on health care was a remarkable event in the California Legislature, basically circumventing the Assembly Committee on Governmental Organization, which had put up strong resistance to two of the bills.

"It's not every year we have a special session on health, so we're taking advantage of the opportunity," said state Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), author of SB 140, which would hold e-cigarettes to the same public-spaces regulations as traditional smoking products.

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