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State Tobacco Taxes Blocked on Yakama Reservation

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YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) - A federal judge has blocked Washington
state from taxing cigarette sales at Yakama tribal smokes shops.
The ruling was issued Friday by U.S. District Judge Lonny R.
Suko in a lawsuit brought by the Yakama Indians and some tribal
business owners.
In July the state terminated a cigarette tax agreement with the
tribe, claiming widespread sales of untaxed cigarettes to nontribal
members. State officials also attempted to impose cigarette taxes
on tribal smoke shops and told wholesalers not to accept the
tribe's cigarette stamps - a move that halted shipments to smoke
shops.
In their lawsuit, the Yakamas argue that they should not be
required to have a cigarette tax agreement with the state. The
tribe's tax is $16.20 a carton, compared with $20.25 a carton by
the state.
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Information from: Yakima Herald-Republic,
http://www.yakima-herald.com
      
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