Sens. John McCain (R., Ariz.) and Ernest Hollings (D., S.C.), the chairman and ranking Democrat on the Senate commerce committee, introduced comprehensive tobacco control legislation to implement the earlier settlement negotiated by the industry and state attorneys general. A separate and potentially different tobacco bill is to be filed shortly by the chairman and ranking Democrat on the Senate judiciary committee, Orrin Hatch (R., Utah) and Edward Kennedy (D., Mass). The McCain-Hollings bill, not available at deadline, reportedly would let the Food & Drug Administration impose ad restrictions on the industry, a step ad groups argue would violate First Amendment rights of advertisers. Both bills are expected to be "talking vehicles" that could get heavy rewriting.
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