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H Amdt 53 - Prohibits Smoking in Public Places - Key Vote

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David Simpson voted Nay (Amendment Vote) on this Amendment.

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Amendment - Introduced (House) -

Title: Prohibits Smoking in Public Places

Amendment - Amendment Adopted (House) (73-66) - (Key vote)

Title: Prohibits Smoking in Public Places

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to adopt an amendment to SB 1811 that prohibits smoking in public places.

Highlights:
  • Prohibits any person from smoking in any public place within the state of Texas.
  • Defines a "public place" as an enclosed area to which the public is invited, including a bar or a restaurant.
  • Authorizes the owner, manager, or operator in control of a public place to declare that entire establishment, including the outdoor area, as a nonsmoking place.
  • Exempts certain establishments from the smoking ban including, but not limited to, the following:
    • Tobacco shops and bars;
    • Outdoor areas of restaurants and bars;
    • Film sets;
    • Billiard halls for customers 21 and older having more than 10 billiard tables;
    • Fraternal or veterans organizations; and
    • Premises where charitable bingo is authorized.
  • Specifies that the penalties for a violation of this act are as follows:
    • A fine of no more than $50 for the first offense;
    • A fine of no more than $200 for the second offense; and
    • A fine of no more than $500 for the third offense.
  • Rep. Myra Crownover is not listed on our vote breakdown because her vote did not accurately reflect her intention; she initially voted "Yea" but changed her vote to "Nay" after the roll call.
  • Rep. Rob Eissler is not listed on our vote breakdown because his vote did not accurately reflect his intention; he initially voted "Nay" but changed his vote to "Yea" after the roll call.
  • Rep. Chente Quintanilla voted "Yea" after the roll call.

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