U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson will be in Tampa tomorrow. He’s there drumming up public support for his bill that would be the first federal regulation of liquid nicotine used in e-cigarettes. Nelson introduced a nearly identical bill last year, which passed a key Senate committee but was blocked by Republicans from passing the full Senate. Since then, a one-year-old boy in Fort Plain, NY became the first child in the U.S. to die reportedly from liquid-nicotine poison. Nelson says the child’s death sparked a renewed sense of urgency for Congress to act and prompted him to reintroduce his legislation that would require child-proof packaging for liquid nicotine containers sold to consumers.
If you want to catch him on that or any other news of the day including the latest developments on travel to Cuba or the legislation he filed this week that would require companies to quickly notify consumers when there are data breaches, he’ll be available from 1:30 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. in his Tampa office located on the fourth floor of the Sam Gibbons Federal Courthouse at 801 N. Florida Ave. A local Nelson contact is Digna Alvarez at 813-318-1839.