A bill pre-filed for the upcoming session of the South Carolina legislature is seeking to make tobacco laws a statewide matter and prohibit any other municipality in the state from passing its own laws.
H.B. 3274, which is sponsored by Reps. J. Gary Simrill (R-York) and J. Todd Rutherford (D-Richland), and while the full text has not yet been published, a summary indicates that it seeks to amend the state’s law “so as to provide that political subdivisions of the state may not enact any laws, ordinances, or rules pertaining to ingredients, flavors, or licensing of cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, tobacco products, or alternative tobacco products.”
Laws that were on the books as of Jan. 1, 2019 would not be subject to the preemption that the bills seeks to impose.
The South Carolina legislature convenes its session on Tuesday, Jan. 8. The bill has already been referred to the House Judiciary Committee.