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ND lawmakers pass roll-your-own smokes tax measure

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- North Dakota lawmakers have passed a bill that requires commercial roll-your-own cigarette machine owners to register their equipment and pay the same taxes as name-brand packaged smokes.

North Dakota's House passed the bill 69-25 on Tuesday. The Senate earlier approved the measure.

The state Tax Department pushed the measure.

The loose pipe tobacco used by the machines is taxed by the state at just one-tenth the rate of cigarettes. A pack of cigarettes is taxed by the state at 44 cents a pack.

The measure redefines cigarettes and list businesses that use the commercial rolling machines as tobacco manufacturers.