3739.18 Manufacturer's certification fee - enforcement and prevention funds.

(A) A manufacturer shall pay the state fire marshal a fee of one thousand dollars or an adjusted fee pursuant to division (B) of this section for each type of brand family included in a certification required under division (A) of section 3739.07 of the Revised Code. The fee for each type of brand family includes any new cigarette certified under this chapter within that brand family during the three-year certification period described in section 3739.09 of the Revised Code.

(B) The state fire marshal may adjust the fee described in division (A) of this section annually to ensure the fee is sufficient to defray the actual costs of processing, testing, enforcing, and overseeing the activities required under this chapter. The fee as adjusted by the state fire marshal pursuant to this division shall not exceed two thousand five hundred dollars for each type of brand family.

(C) There is hereby created in the state treasury the reduced cigarette ignition propensity and firefighter protection act enforcement fund. The fund shall consist of all certification fees submitted by manufacturers and any other moneys made available to the state fire marshal specifically to support processing certifications, testing, enforcing, and overseeing activities conducted pursuant to this chapter. The state fire marshal shall use the fund only for the activities specified in this division.

(D) There is hereby created in the state treasury the fire prevention and public safety fund. Moneys collected from penalties assessed under divisions (B) to (E) of section 3739.99 of the Revised Code shall be deposited into the fund. The state fire marshal shall use this fund to support fire safety and prevention programs. If the department of taxation has expenses for the storage or destruction of cigarettes as required by this chapter, the state fire marshall also may use the fund to compensate the department of taxation for those expenses.

Effective Date: 2008 HB500 04-07-2009