The California legislature approved an aggressive package of anti-tobacco bills more than a week ago, but it still hasn’t sent the measures to the governor.
Another bill would subject electronic cigarettes to the same restrictions as regular cigarettes.
The tobacco industry has threatened to put a referendum on the ballot to nullify the laws. But it can’t start the process until the governor signs the bills.
Some speculate that Democratic leaders are holding on to them until the last possible minute. Once they send them to the governor, he’ll have 12 days to take action.