Protect Local Control

Ensuring Community Rights
To Pass Smokefree Ordinances

State Status

No Preemption

Pending Legislation

Legislative Summary

SB 521 (HB4256) RELATIVE TO A BAN ON SMOKING IN THE WORKPLACE-Bill Signed into law by Governor (he's scheduled to sign it at noon PST on 6/19/04)

Comprehensive smokefree workplace law that covers all enclosed public places and workplaces including government buildings, offices, restaurants, bars, shopping malls, retail stores, hotels/motels, universities/colleges, and state owned/operated vehicles.

  • Preemptive Action


  • Anti-Preemptive Clause


EXEMPTIONS: Private residences including private residential rooms of assisted living facilities, membership associations, hotel/motel/inn rooms designated as smoking rooms, retail tobacco stores, smoking bars, performers on stage, religious ceremonies when smoking is part of the ritual; and nursing homes/state hospitals/substance abuse treatment center, may apply to designate part of the facility as a residence.

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