California lawmakers failed to act by the end of the regular session Friday on a package of anti-tobacco bills, including measures what would have raised the smoking age to 21, restricted electronic cigarettes, and raised the tobacco tax by $2 per pack.
Officials said it is unlikely the bills will be heard again before next year.
"It is special session so we do have more time to have the discussion," Atkins said. "Tonight we just weren't ready to continue to move forward on those [bills]. The good news about special session is that we have the time. So it isn't that they won't [come up], it just didn't happen tonight."
Assemblyman Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove) carried one of the bills to regulate electronic cigarettes.
"It got vaporized," Cooper said. "It's very disappointing but that's the process. I respect the process."
"Unfortunately it's not the first time the Assembly has disappointed us," Leno said after the midnight adjournment. He said the votes were there to pass the bill but it was never brought up for a vote. "We must continue to be patient," he said.
The Leno and Cooper bills would have banned electronic cigarettes in public places such as restaurants and theaters the same way regular smoking is restricted.
The measure was opposed by the vaping industry, which argued its devices run on vapor that is not as dangerous as burning tobacco.
Another bill would raise the legal age at which cigarettes can be purchased from 18 to 21 in an attempt to reduce smoking among teenagers.