New York tobacco taxation bill sent to governor
A bill that seeks to impose state tobacco taxes on reservations has been sent to New York Gov. David Paterson (D).

Paterson has 10 days to sign or veto the legislation. If he does nothing, the bill will automatically become law.

Paterson asked lawmakers to hold the bill in order to negotiate with tribes. But other than a recent meeting with leaders from the Seneca Nation, it doesn't appear much has happened.

The Senecas want Paterson to veto the bill, citing treaties that they say protect their right to engage in commerce.

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Indian Tobacco Tax Bill on Governor Paterson's Desk (WGRZ 12/11)
Cigarette tax bill lands on governor’s desk (AP 12/11)
Paterson has 10 days to rule on Indian cigarette taxes (The Buffalo News 12/12)

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