The Senate today is expected to take up the final changes the House made several weeks ago to the nation's lowest cigarette tax. The current tax of 7 cents a pack hasn't changed since 1977 when a pack cost 48 cents.
Senators nearly agreed to send the legislation to Sanford on Tuesday. However, they're reconsidering their original vote in debate set for today.
The legislation generates about $125 million for Medicaid programs. It also provides $5 million each for cancer research and efforts to cut down on smoking and $1 million for agricultural product marketing.