02.04.22 State lawmakers may consider raising vaping tax, SD lawmakers consider renaming Custer State Park

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Two unions responded to this week’s wage increases approved by Woodbury County supervisors. The council gave all county employees a 4% raise.

The Woodbury County Assistants and Correctional Officers Union CWA 7177 and the Woodbury County Secondary Roads Union CWA 7103 each sent a letter to the council. They are asking that supervisors open up each of their contracts to allow bargaining group increases to be more in line with inflation.

A small group at Iowa House is working on a bill that would tax the liquid used in e-cigarettes at or near the same rate as regular cigarettes. Representative Ann Meyer of Fort Dodge expressed concern about children using e-cigarettes.

People buying vaping products in Iowa pay state sales tax, but people buying a pack of rolled cigarettes pay much higher tobacco tax. Opponents of a new tax on vaping liquids say it’s a healthier alternative to combustible cigarettes and shouldn’t be taxed like tobacco because it doesn’t contain tobacco.

Two South Dakota Democratic Native lawmakers introduced three bills that would change the name of Custer State Park, several place names in Gregory County that include the term “scalp,” and school mascots named after derogatory terms for Native Americans, according to the Chief of Argus.

Senator Troy Heinert introduced Senate Bill 178 to replace Custer State Park’s name. Heinert said Custer State Park lands have a traditional Lakota name, but he deliberately chose not to put a name in the bill or publish it at this time because he wants to see the bill law follow the process so lawmakers can learn the history of the area.

The bill will have one year for public debates and hearings, then four years to change the signs and carry out an advertising campaign if necessary.

The University of Nebraska may be taking a step toward selling alcohol at sporting events, according to the Omaha World Herald.

The University of Nebraska board of trustees, at its Feb. 11 meeting, is expected to consider overturning the longstanding ban on the sale of alcohol at Husker sporting events. The board will consider authorizing the president and chancellors of the University of Nebraska to permit the sale and consumption of alcohol at campus sporting events.

The Regents will also consider allowing liquor sales at the Big Ten Wrestling Championships at Pinnacle Bank Arena, according to an agenda published Thursday. The tournament takes place on March 5 and 6.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Athletic Director Trev Alberts and UNL Chancellor Ronnie Green sponsored the proposal, and University of Nebraska President Ted Carter recommended and signed the proposal. proposed addendum to the agenda.

Giving the green light to alcohol sales at a sporting event would not be entirely unprecedented for the Board of Regents. NU allows alcohol sales at Baxter Arena for hockey and basketball at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

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