The Montana legislature has passed a bill that would prevent local governments in the state from imposing flavor bans or otherwise restricting the sales of vaping products.
The bill will now go to Governor Greg Gianforte, who is expected to sign it into law.
The bill, SB 398, passed the state house Monday by a 59-40 margin. It had already been approved by the senate earlier this month by a vote of 26-23. The governor, a conservative Republican, is expected to support it.
Senate Bill 398 amends an existing state law that contains a long list of restrictions on local government actions to include restrictions on vapor product sales. It says local Montana governments “may not adopt or enforce any local ordinance or resolution that prohibits the sale of alternative nicotine products or vapor products.” The bill does allow cities or counties to enact “reasonable ordinances or resolutions relating to the sale of alternative nicotine products or vapor products.”
Jim McDonald – Vaping360 – 2021-04-28.