2019 - 2020 LEGISLATURE
January 29, 2020 - Introduced by Senators Shilling, Bewley,
Risser and Schachtner, cosponsored by Representatives Vining,
Anderson, Bowen, Considine, Crowley, Emerson, Fields, Hebl, Hesselbein,
Kolste, Milroy, Neubauer, Ohnstad, Pope, Riemer, Sargent, Sinicki,
Spreitzer, Stubbs, Subeck, C. Taylor, Vruwink and Zamarripa. Referred to
Committee on Public Benefits, Licensing and State-Federal Relations.
1An Act to renumber and amend
134.65 (1); to amend
134.65 (title), 134.65 2
(1m), 134.65 (1r), 134.65 (4), 134.65 (5m) and 134.65 (8); and to create
(1) (am) and 134.65 (1a) of the statutes; relating to: licenses for the retail sale
4of vapor products and making an appropriation.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill requires a person who sells vapor products to obtain a cigarette and
tobacco products retailer license. Current law defines a “vapor product” as a
noncombustible product that produces vapor or aerosol for inhalation from the
application of a heating element, regardless of whether the liquid or other substance
Specifically, the bill requires a retailer who sells or offers for sale vapor products
to obtain an annual license from the clerk of the city, village, or town where the
retailer is located. Additionally, the bill authorizes two positions in the Department
of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection to conduct investigations of retail
sales that are regulated by DATCP and two positions in the Department of Revenue
for administering and enforcing the taxes imposed on the sale of vapor products.
For further information see the state and local fiscal estimate, which will be
printed as an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
20.005 (3) (schedule) of the statutes: at the appropriate place, insert 2
the following amounts for the purposes indicated:
- See PDF for table
20.566 (1) (am) of the statutes is created to read:
(am) Administration of vapor products tax and enforcement
. As a 5
continuing appropriation, the amounts in the schedule for the purpose of 6
administering and enforcing the taxes imposed for the sale of vapor products.
134.65 (title) of the statutes is amended to read:
(title) Cigarette, vapor products, and tobacco products retailer
134.65 (1) of the statutes is renumbered 134.65 (1d) and amended 11
No person shall in any manner, or upon any pretense, or by any 13
device, directly or indirectly sell, expose for sale, possess with intent to sell, 14
exchange, barter, dispose of or give away any cigarettes, vapor products,
or tobacco 15
products to any person not holding a license as herein provided or a permit under ss. 16
139.30 to 139.41 or 139.79 without first obtaining a license from the clerk of the city, 17
village or town wherein such privilege is sought to be exercised.
134.65 (1a) of the statutes is created to read:
In this section:
(a) “Cigarette” has the meaning given in s. 139.30 (1m).
(b) “Tobacco products” has the meaning given in s. 139.75 (12).
(c) “Vapor product” has the meaning given in s. 139.75 (14).
(d) “Vending machine” has the meaning given in s. 139.30 (14).
134.65 (1m) of the statutes is amended to read:
A city, village, or town clerk may not issue a license under sub. (1) 7(1d)
unless the applicant specifies in the license application whether the applicant 8
will sell, exchange, barter, dispose of, or give away the cigarette
, vapor products,
tobacco products over the counter or in a vending machine, or both.
134.65 (1r) of the statutes is amended to read:
A city, village, or town clerk may not require an applicant's 12
signature on an application for a cigarette, vapor products,
and tobacco products 13
retailer license to be notarized. If a city, village, town, or any department of this state 14
prepares an application form for a cigarette, vapor products,
and tobacco products 15
retailer license, the form may not require an applicant's signature on the form to be 16
134.65 (4) of the statutes is amended to read:
Every licensed retailer shall keep complete and accurate records of 19
all purchases and receipts of cigarettes, vapor products,
and tobacco products. Such 20
records shall be preserved on the licensed premises for 2 years in such a manner as 21
to insure permanency and accessibility for inspection and shall be subject to 22
inspection at all reasonable hours by authorized state and local law enforcement 23
134.65 (5m) of the statutes is amended to read:
Any person who knowingly provides materially false information 2
in an application for a cigarette, vapor products,
and tobacco products retailer license 3
under this section may be required to forfeit not more than $1,000.
134.65 (8) of the statutes is amended to read:
The uniform licensing of cigarette, vapor products,
and tobacco 6
products retailers is a matter of statewide concern. A city, village, or town may adopt 7
an ordinance regulating the issuance, suspension, revocation, or renewal of a license 8
under this section only if the ordinance strictly conforms to this section. If a city, 9
village, or town has in effect on May 1, 2016, an ordinance that does not strictly 10
conform to this section, the ordinance does not apply and may not be enforced.
(1) Vapor products enforcement.
The authorized FTE positions for the 13
department of revenue are increased by 2.0 GPR positions on January 1, 2020, to be 14
funded from the appropriation under s. 20.566 (1) (am) for the purpose of 15
administering and enforcing the taxes imposed on the sale of vapor products.
(1) Investigators; retail sales.
In the schedule under s. 20.005 (3) for the 18
appropriation to the department of agriculture, trade and consumer protection 19
under s. 20.115 (1) (a), the dollar amount for fiscal year 2020-21 is increased by 20
$164,800 to increase the authorized FTE positions for the department by 2.0 GPR 21
positions to conduct investigations of retail sales. In the schedule under s. 20.005 (3) 22
for the appropriation to the department of agriculture, trade and consumer 23
protection under s. 20.115 (1) (a), the dollar amount for fiscal year 2020-21 is 24
increased by $40,000 to provide supplies and services for the positions authorized 25
under this subsection.
This act takes effect on the 90th day after the day of publication.