There is a proposal being discussed in the city of Newburgh, N.Y. that would require tobacco retailers to get an additional license to sell tobacco products beyond the $300 license they get from the state, as well as to cover all tobacco products from public view and prohibit retailers from being located within 100 feet of schools.

The proposal has been decried as excessive by trade groups, with Jim Calvin, president of the New York Association of Convenience Stores, telling the Times-Herald-Record that “It makes no sense to set up a new local bureaucracy to do the same things the state is already doing effectively, while saddling small businesses with new costs, more red tape and infringements of their constitutional rights.”

The proposal was introduced by the city council on July 10 and is set to get a public hearing on August 11.

Newburgh is located approximately 60 miles north of New York City and has a population of just under 30,000 people.

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