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Smoking ban still needs Perdue's signature

Publication Date: 2005-04-06
  • Author:JOHN MUNFORD
  • Publication:Fayetteville (GA) Citizen Review
The 2005 version of the Georgia General Assembly, which ended March 31, passed bills regulating smoking, abortion and child support, among a variety of other issues.

The Georgia Smokefree Air Act prohibits lighting up in places of employment, but exempts some facilities such as retail tobacco stores, smoking rooms at hotels and motels, and bars and restaurants as long as they don't allow anyone under 18 to be present, including employees.

Employers can create an indoor smoking area by creating an enclosed room with a separate air handling and exhaust system from the main building.

The bill must be signed into law by Gov. Sonny Perdue, but he is undecided so far, said spokesperson Heather Hedrick.

The Georgia Smokefree Air Act prohibits lighting up in places of employment, but exempts some facilities such as retail tobacco stores, smoking rooms at hotels and motels, and bars and restaurants as long as they don’t allow anyone under 18 to be present, including employees...

The bill must be signed into law by Gov. Sonny Perdue, but he is undecided so far, said spokesperson Heather Hedrick...

Perdue has until May 10, 40 days after the last day of the legislature, to sign any bill into law passed by the legislature this year.