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New bills in the Statehouse cover heroin, e-cigarettes and business tax returns
One new bill would ban the use and sale of e-cigarettes to minors
by WKSU's ANDY CHOW


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A new bill would set age limits similar to tobacco cigarettes for e-cigarettes.
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Heroin, e-cigarettes and returning tax money to businesses are among the bills state lawmakers are considering this week.

On Tuesday, a Senate committee is scheduled to hold a hearing for a bill that would ban minors from buying and/or using alternative nicotine products. The bill’s sponsor, Republican Representative Stephanie Kunze of Hilliard, says she created this bill in order to take new products like e-cigarettes out of the hands of minors.

Companion bills are in the House and Senate that would require the state to notify Ohio businesses if they overpaid on their taxes. Current law says businesses can get that overpaid money back, but only by request and within a certain time period.

The Senate could vote on a bill that expands the availability of Naloxone. This is a drug that can reverse the effects of a heroin overdose. The sponsors say giving this drug to the addicts’ family and friends, along with providing more access for paramedics, could save lives and further the battle against drug abuse.

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