The bill to create some revenue for a cancer research center at UAMS, crafted with provisions written by tobacco lobbyists to be favorable to the tobacco lobby, passed the Senate today on a second try. The vote was 22-10, with three not voting.
The bill fell short Monday. Sponsor Sen. Jonathan Dismang introduced it again today saying he’d attempted to answer questions that had been raised. Only Sen. Terry Rice spoke against the bill.
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The bill passed yesterday 20-12, but three aye votes were struck in a parliamentary procedure called sounding the ballot. Senators must be at their seats for votes to count when this occurs and three votes were struck.
The bill goes to the House. It will raise $10 million, about half going to UAMS, which hopes to raise $30 million for the institute. About half the money comes from the tax on cigarette papers and the elimination of a preferable tobacco tax for border areas.