A bill set to be introduced into the Oregon legislature could require tobacco retailers to obtain a new license in order to keep doing business in the state.

When the legislature begins in 2016 session on Feb. 1, Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson, D-25, who is also a public health nurse, will introduce the bill with the purpose of generating funds to enforce rules against selling tobacco to underage persons.

A similar proposal was defeated in July 2015, partly due to the fees not being specified in that version of the bill. This year’s version spells out the cost at $300 per license. Changes were also made as to the restrictions on where a tobacco retailer can be located.

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Patrick Lagreid

I strive to capture the essence of a cigar and the people behind them in my work – every cigar you light up is the culmination of the work of countless people and often represents generations of struggle and stories. For me, it’s about so much more than the cigar – it’s about the story behind it, the experience of enjoying the work of artisans and the way that a good cigar can bring people together. In addition to my work with halfwheel, I’m the public address announcer for the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training, as well as for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for MLB.com, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for Examiner.com, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.