JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The state of Missouri is gaining new tools to enforce its settlement agreement with tobacco companies.
Missouri lawmakers approved a bill during their annual session that focuses on the 1998 legal settlement between 46 states and tobacco companies. The money from the settlement is intended to cover the states' costs of providing health care for people sickened by using tobacco.
The Missouri legislation requires all tobacco companies selling cigarettes in the state to certify their compliance each year with the settlement's model laws.
Companies that were not part of the settlement agreement also must register to do business in Missouri or maintain an agent in the state.
Missouri has received about $140 million in tobacco settlement funds this year.
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