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July 23, 2017

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Bills would address e-cigarettes, young motorcycle riders

CARSON CITY — Two bills being drafted for the next session of the Legislature would regulate electronic cigarettes the same as other tobacco products and require special training for those under 25 seeking a motorcycle license.

The bill requests are listed on the weekly report issued Monday by the Legislative Counsel Bureau.

Keith Munro, chief of staff for Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto, who is proposing the e-cigarette legislation said the bill is “to catch up with technology.”

“Sales would be limited to those 18 and older,” Munro said.

Sen. Debbie Smith, D-Sparks, is also asking for bills to increase the tax on e-cigarettes and for the Legislature to set policy on sales. She said the details are being worked out.

The Federal Food and Drug Administration in April issued proposed regulations on e-cigarettes that would limit sales to those 18 years and older and require health warnings about the potential for addiction to nicotine.

State Sen. Mark Manendo, D-Las Vegas, meanwhile, is proposing rider training for those under 25 years old who want a motorcycle license.

Statistics presented to the state Board of Transportation earlier this month show there have been 26 motorcycle deaths as of June 8 this year compared to 18 last year at the same time.

In Clark County, there have been 17 motorcyclists killed in this period, compared to 12 at the same time in 2013.

A breakdown of the ages of those killed was not available.

Manendo, chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, said there are already training classes available at some of the community colleges.

Details of the bill are still being worked out, he said.

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