IPCPR Legislative | This Week in the States: June 23, 2014

23 Jun This Week in the States: June 23, 2014

 

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IPCPR Weekly Legislation Report

 

The following 8 state legislatures are meeting actively this week: CALIFORNIA, CONNECTICUT, DELAWARE, MASSACHUSETTS, NEW JERSEY, NORTH CAROLINA, PENNSYLVANIA, and VIRGINIA. Also meeting: DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA and PUERTO RICO.

The following legislative activity occurred from June 14 to June 20 on key issues impacting our members. Please contact us with any questions or comments you have regarding these activities.

 

Active Legislation by State

The following 8 state legislatures are meeting actively this week: CALIFORNIA, CONNECTICUT, DELAWARE, MASSACHUSETTS, NEW JERSEY, NORTH CAROLINA, PENNSYLVANIA, and VIRGINIA. Also meeting: DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA and PUERTO RICO.

The following legislative activity occurred from June 14 to June 20 on key issues impacting our members. Please contact us with any questions or comments you have regarding these activities.

Active Legislation by State

NEW JERSEY  A.B.  228  –  Retail Licensing 
Sponsor: Assemblymember Reed Gusciora (D)

Summary: Original version (1/16/2014): Provides that a cigar lounge cannot serve alcohol, it cannot be within a bar or restaurant, it must have a separate entrance to the outside and it must be equipped with an exhaust system that is appropriate to ensure worker safety. Provides that municipalities have discretion to allow new cigar lounges in their boundaries. Allows a new cigar bar or cigar lounge to be opened and registered with the local board of health in the municipality in which the bar or lounge is located, as long as the bar or lounge files an application with the local board of health stating that it intends to generate 15% or more of its total annual gross income from the on-site sale of tobacco products and the rental of on-site humidors and is registered with the local board of health.

Current version (6/16/2014): Current bill text has yet to become available.
Original version (1/16/2014): http:­//www­.njle­g.sta­te.nj­.us/2­014/B­ills/­A0500­/228_­I1.HT­M­

Status: Filed 1/14/2014. Introduced; referred to Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee 1/16/2014. Hearing held; amended and passed committee 6/5/2014. Amended 6/16/2014.

Companion Bill: 2014 S.B. 1863

NEW JERSEY  S.B.  321  –  Smoking Bans 

Sponsor: Senator Robert Gordon (D)
Summary: Permits a municipality to establish a civil penalty of up to $200 for smoking in public places, where the activity is already prohibited by municipal ordinance.

Defines “smoker” as a person who smokes or carries lighted tobacco.

http:­//www­.njle­g.sta­te.nj­.us/2­014/B­ills/­S0500­/321_­I1.PD­F­

Status: Filed, referred to Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee 1/14/2014. Hearing held, passed committee 5/19/2014. Passed Senate 6/12/2014.Introduced and referred to the Assembly State and Local Government Committee 6/12/2014.

Effective Date: Immediately after enactment

SOUTH CAROLINA  H.B.  4553  –  Smoking Bans 
Sponsor: Representative B.R. Skelton (R)

Summary: Provides that it is unlawful for a person to smoke or possess lighted smoking material in any form or to use an electronic cigarette, as defined as an electronic product or device that produces a vapor that delivers nicotine or other substances to the person inhaling from the device to simulate smoking, and is likely to be offered to, or purchased by, consumers as an electronic cigarette, electronic cigar, electronic cigarillo or electronic pipe, in public areas and within 15 feet of the entrance to or exit from these areas except where a smoking area is designated. Adds public outdoor gated facilities where events, including, but not limited to, athletic events, concerts and races, are held to the place where smoking is prohibited.
http:­//www­.scst­ateho­use.g­ov/se­ss120­_2013­-2014­/bill­s/455­3.htm­

Status: Introduced, referred to House Committee on Judiciary 1/23/2014. Failed to meet crossover deadline 5/1/2014. Failed upon adjournment 6/19/2014.

Sponsor: Assemblymember Reed Gusciora (D)

Summary: Original version (1/16/2014): Provides that a cigar lounge cannot serve alcohol, it cannot be within a bar or restaurant, it must have a separate entrance to the outside and it must be equipped with an exhaust system that is appropriate to ensure worker safety. Provides that municipalities have discretion to allow new cigar lounges in their boundaries. Allows a new cigar bar or cigar lounge to be opened and registered with the local board of health in the municipality in which the bar or lounge is located, as long as the bar or lounge files an application with the local board of health stating that it intends to generate 15% or more of its total annual gross income from the on-site sale of tobacco products and the rental of on-site humidors and is registered with the local board of health.

Current version (6/16/2014): Current bill text has yet to become available.

Original version (1/16/2014): http:­//www­.njle­g.sta­te.nj­.us/2­014/B­ills/­A0500­/228_­I1.HT­M­

Status: Filed 1/14/2014. Introduced; referred to Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee 1/16/2014. Hearing held; amended and passed committee 6/5/2014. Amended 6/16/2014.

 

Companion Bill: 2014 S.B. 1863

NEW JERSEY  S.B.  321  –  Smoking Bans 

Sponsor: Senator Robert Gordon (D)

Summary: Permits a municipality to establish a civil penalty of up to $200 for smoking in public places, where the activity is already prohibited by municipal ordinance.

Defines “smoker” as a person who smokes or carries lighted tobacco.

http:­//www­.njle­g.sta­te.nj­.us/2­014/B­ills/­S0500­/321_­I1.PD­F­

Status: Filed, referred to Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee 1/14/2014. Hearing held, passed committee 5/19/2014. Passed Senate 6/12/2014.Introduced and referred to the Assembly State and Local Government Committee 6/12/2014.

Effective Date: Immediately after enactment

SOUTH CAROLINA  H.B.  4553  –  Smoking Bans 

Sponsor: Representative B.R. Skelton (R)

Summary: Provides that it is unlawful for a person to smoke or possess lighted smoking material in any form or to use an electronic cigarette, as defined as an electronic product or device that produces a vapor that delivers nicotine or other substances to the person inhaling from the device to simulate smoking, and is likely to be offered to, or purchased by, consumers as an electronic cigarette, electronic cigar, electronic cigarillo or electronic pipe, in public areas and within 15 feet of the entrance to or exit from these areas except where a smoking area is designated. Adds public outdoor gated facilities where events, including, but not limited to, athletic events, concerts and races, are held to the place where smoking is prohibited.

http:­//www­.scst­ateho­use.g­ov/se­ss120­_2013­-2014­/bill­s/455­3.htm­

Status: Introduced, referred to House Committee on Judiciary 1/23/2014. Failed to meet crossover deadline 5/1/2014. Failed upon adjournment 6/19/2014.



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