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State Senate approves bill to tax Indian cigarette sales

State Senate approves bill to tax Indian cigarette sales

A bill given final approval in New York’s legislature would require retailers on Indian reservations

A bill given final approval in New York’s legislature would require retailers on Indian reservations to charge a tax on tobacco sales.

The bill passed during a one-day special session of the state Senate today.

The measure had already passed the Assembly and will be sent to Gov. David Paterson. A spokeswoman in the governor’s office said there won’t be any comment until they have a chance to review the bill.

The American Cancer Society says the new tax could get about 100,000 people to quit smoking.

The bill was passed the same day the Senate supported a property tax cap.

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