Protect Local Control

Ensuring Community Rights
To Pass Smokefree Ordinances

Legislative Summary

SB503 - (workplaces & restaurants) - A Bill relating to health coverage - Died

An amendment to make places of employment and restaurants smokefree was added to a health care coverage bill. The amendment exempts bars and truck stops, but does not provide any definitions, so there is a potential that bars and truck stops could be considered areas of restaurants and other workplaces.

  • Preemptive Action


  • Anti-Preemptive Clause


EXEMPTIONS: Smoking is allowed in private residences not used as licensed child care facilities, retail tobacco stores, bars, public areas rented or leased for private functions, separate enclosed areas of truck stops that are not accessible to persons less than 21 years of age, or an area that is not accessible to the public that is part of an owner operated business that has no employees other than the owner.