Beebe’s Cigarette Tax Bill Gets 75, Heads to Senate

Celebratory cigar, anyone?

Celebratory cigar, anyone?


Gov. Mike Beebe’s 56-cent hike in the cigarette tax, an important part of his legislative package, was approved in Arkansas House on Thursday with 75 voting for the bill and 24 voting against.

The full story here, including snippets from floor speeches for and against the bill.

Click here to see who voted for/against the bill.

More analysis on the vote at here.

Video: Rep. Bryan King, R-Green Forest, who spoke against the bill, and Rep. Gregg Reep, D-Warren, who sponsors the bill, react to today’s vote. Also, more video from Jason Tolbert: Rep. Roy Ragland, R-Marshall, on his vote, and Rep. Frank Glidewell, R-Fort Smith, on his. And the swing vote, Rep. Garry Smith, D-Camden, on why he voted for the bill.


Robbie Wills Twitters the vote

Steve Harrelson maps the vote, plus the live blog

Tolbert: The swing vote

Brummett: Drama


3 Responses

  1. Why don’t they tax fast food or liquor? I know that we need to quit smoking, but they also worry about obseity and drunk driving and should, but don’t do nothing about it. I just get tired of always taking out on us smokers.

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