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HB 31 - Statewide Indoor Smoking Ban - Key Vote

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Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (31-29) - (Key vote)

Title: Statewide Indoor Smoking Ban

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that prohibits smoking in enclosed public places beginning July 1, 2009, and provides for exemptions.

Highlights:
- Defines "enclosed public place" as a place of work or an indoor area, room, or vehicle which members of the public are allowed to enter, including but not limited to (Sec. 1):
    - Restaurants and alcoholic beverage establishments that do not exclude individuals under the age of twenty one; - Stores; - Public buildings and offices; - Trains, buses, and other forms of public transportation; - Health care facilities; - Auditoriums, arenas, and assembly facilities; - Meeting rooms open to the public; - Facilities of the University of Wyoming, community colleges, and private colleges; and - Public and private school facilities.
- Authorizes all alcoholic beverage establishments to allow smoking until January 1, 2010, provided that it does not infiltrate into other enclosed public places (Sec. 1). - Specifies that the following places are exempt from the ban (Sec. 1):
    - Restaurants or alcoholic beverage establishments that exclude individuals under the age of twenty-one; - Designated hotel and motel rooms; - Private motor vehicles; - American Indian reservation sites that are used for cultural activities in accordance with the Federal American Indian Religious Freedom Act; - Retail businesses that derive greater than 75 percent of their gross income from the sale of tobacco products; - Private offices where customers or clients are invited but not the general public in the regular course of business; and - Private residences that are not used as a child or health care facility.
- Authorizes individual counties and municipalities to opt out of the smoking ban (Sec. 1). - Specifies that individual violators of the provisions of this Act are guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of $50 to $100 (Sec. 1). - Specifies that owners, managers, and operators who violate the provisions of this bill are guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a $100 fine for the first violation and a $200 fine for each subsequent violation (Sec. 1).
Legislation - Introduced (House) -

Title: Statewide Indoor Smoking Ban

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