CRA Update from the States and Washington, D.C.


Indicators are telling us that the legislation to allow local governments to enact outdoor smoking restrictions in Florida is coming to an end for 2013 – but they’ll be back.

Committees with purview over SB 258 and HB 439 are not scheduled to meet again this year, and the opposition, namely Florida State Senator Rob Bradley, R-Fleming Island, are waving the white flag for this year, noting of his effort to allow for such outdoor smoking ordinances, “If it’s not dead, it’s on life support in the House.” Senator Bradley has vowed to renew his efforts, and to search for compromise next year. That’s why we cannot stop talking to our state legislators when they leave the state capitol.

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Keeping the Nanny State Out of Your Treasury – The Kansas Way

By J. Glynn Loope, Exec. Dir. | Cigar Rights of America

With the clamor and flow of awards for the movie ‘Lincoln,’ it seemed appropriate to draw from words of the former President, that link to our modern era, and the effort to protect cigars from the onslaught of local, state and federal legislation.

Lincoln noted, “It has been my experience that those with no vices have few virtues. They just haven’t lived enough to have enough true virtues. For living, truly living, means encountering vices which you hold so dearly, that you never leave them.”

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The Traditional Cigar Manufacturing & Small Business Jobs Preservation Act of 2013 is now H.R. 792

Cigar Rights of America News

Washington, D.C. -- On December 21, 2012, the President’s Administration again noted its intent to bring cigars under the domain of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration. The threat is real. Between April 2010 and December 2012, the federal government told us they were coming after our humidors, seven times.

As you know, throughout 2012, tremendous progress was made to advance H.R. 1639 and S. 1461 so that the legislative process could help protect our passion for a great cigar.

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More Local Governments Need to Think like Cottage Grove, Minnesota

(Cigar Rights of America)

Cottage Grove, Minnesota has just over 35,000 residents, and touts a strong quality of life and pro-business climate. Their web site states that they are �Where pride and prosperity meet.� Sounds like Americana, at its best. In our view, it is also a place to be emulated by local governments across the nation.

This week, the Cottage Grove City Council voted unanimously to reject a smoking ban in their city parks. With the proposed ordinance, the only exceptions would have been for private functions, and on their municipal River Oaks Golf course.

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Cigars – Just Like Jazz, Contentment Can Come in Every Stick

By Arturo Sandoval | Grammy Award-winning Jazz Artist & CRA Member

I am an American, by choice. That's a unique statement given that many among us are Americans simply by virtue of where they were born, but when you choose to live in a nation, to adopt its traditions, based upon a love for what it has to offer – well – that's special.

I know something about oppression, too. Having left my homeland of Cuba for what I knew was the freedom America offered, you have to reflect on the cost of leaving behind relatives and friends in what you know is an oppressed nation. Globally, oppression of innocent citizens simply has to end, in all forms - which is why I write this.

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