H. B. 2154 was passed during the final week of the 2009 legislative session and is currently awaiting the Governor’s signature.  The Governor is expected to sign the bill.  The primary purpose of the bill relates to the physician education loan repayment program, but a portion of the bill alters the way smokeless tobacco products are taxed.  Smokeless tobacco products, such as dip and chewing tobacoo, are currently taxed based on the manufacturers’ list price of the products, the determination of which has been a point of contention between taxpayers and the Comptroller.  The new law would tax smokeless tobacco products based on weight.