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HR-52 (2019-2020)

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Revised  August 22, 2019


House Resolution
No. 52

Introduced by Assembly Member Lackey
(Coauthors: Assembly Members Aguiar-Curry, Arambula, Bauer-Kahan, Berman, Bigelow, Bloom, Bonta, Brough, Burke, Calderon, Carrillo, Cervantes, Chau, Chen, Chiu, Choi, Chu, Cooley, Cooper, Cunningham, Daly, Diep, Eggman, Flora, Fong, Friedman, Gabriel, Gallagher, Cristina Garcia, Eduardo Garcia, Gipson, Gloria, Gonzalez, Grayson, Holden, Irwin, Jones-Sawyer, Kalra, Kamlager-Dove, Kiley, Levine, Limón, Maienschein, Mathis, Mayes, McCarty, Medina, Melendez, Mullin, Muratsuchi, Nazarian, Obernolte, O’Donnell, Patterson, Petrie-Norris, Quirk, Quirk-Silva, Ramos, Rendon, Reyes, Luz Rivas, Robert Rivas, Rodriguez, Blanca Rubio, Salas, Santiago, Smith, Ting, Voepel, Waldron, Weber, Wicks, and Wood)

August 12, 2019

Relative to We Card Awareness Month.


HR 52, as introduced, Lackey.

WHEREAS, California law prohibits the sale of tobacco products, including smokeless tobacco, and electronic devices that deliver nicotine or other vaporized liquids, including e-cigarettes, to persons under 21 years of age; and
WHEREAS, We Card Awareness Month is a retail education and training effort designed to boost California retailers’ awareness of, and participation in, responsible retailing efforts to comply with federal, state, and local laws and to identify, prevent, and deny sales of tobacco and other age-restricted products to minors; and
WHEREAS, The Year 2019 marks the 24th anniversary year of the national nonprofit organization, The We Card Program, Inc., which provides training and education to the retail community to help retailers comply with age-restricted product laws and serve their communities as responsible retailers; and
WHEREAS, We Card in-store training and education materials, its online training program, and its mystery shopping service “ID Check-Up” are available to all California retailers through the We Card Program internet website; and
WHEREAS, California will benefit from a responsible retailing community that successfully prevents sales of tobacco and other age-restricted products to minors; and
WHEREAS, While some California retailers offer their own training programs and sting operations, over 50 percent of convenience stores in the State of California are run by owner-operators of a single store, and they trust and rely on programs such as We Card to remain in compliance and continue to be family businesses integral to their local communities; and
WHEREAS, A California Department of Public Health study found that in 2017 convenience stores had a 95-percent success rate in preventing youth access to age-restricted products, such as tobacco and alcohol; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, That the Assembly proclaims the month of September 2019 to be We Card Awareness Month; and be it further
Resolved, That the Assembly encourages all California retailers to participate in “We Card Awareness Month” and to let their customers know that “in California, we don’t sell tobacco and other age-restricted products to kids!”; and be it further
Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.

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