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Introduced Version Senate Bill 46 History

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Senate Bill No. 46

(By Senators Bailey and Weeks)

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[Introduced February 9, 2005; referred to the Committee

on Health and Human Resources; and then to the Committee on the Judiciary.]

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A BILL to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new section, designated §16-2-16, relating to prohibiting local boards of health from requiring smoke-free areas; allowing requirement of signs designating smoking and nonsmoking areas under certain circumstances; and giving the Governor the authority to allow or prohibit smoking in governmental buildings.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended by adding thereto a new section, designated §16-2-16, to read as follows:
ARTICLE 2. LOCAL BOARDS OF HEALTH.
§16-2-16. Signs designating smoking and nonsmoking areas required; local boards of health power to limit smoking in public facilities, private businesses or local governmental offices; Governor's authority to permit or limit smoking in state governmental offices.

A local board of health may require signs to be posted in a conspicuous location identifying which areas in any given structure, shop, store, office, office building, local or county governmental office or restaurant are to be nonsmoking areas and which are to be smoking areas following the election for smoking areas by the owner or operator: Provided, That without an election by the owner or operator to maintain separate areas, a local board of health is specifically barred from mandating that certain areas in any given structure, shop, store, office, office building, local or county governmental office or restaurant are to be nonsmoking areas or smoking areas or that any private business owner be required to maintain any certain portion of his or her business location as smoke-free.
The Governor has specific authority to allow or prohibit smoking in state governmental offices and buildings to the extent he or she deems appropriate.


NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to prohibit local boards of health from mandating that local or county government or business owners maintain a certain portion of their offices, stores or businesses as smoke free. The bill also gives the Governor the authority to designate smoking and nonsmoking areas in state governmental buildings and offices.

This section is new; therefore, strike-throughs and underscoring have been omitted.

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