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Committee Bill No. 415

January Session, 2011

 

LCO No. 5110

 

*05110SB00415PH_*

Referred to Committee on Public Health

 

Introduced by:

 

(PH)

 

AN ACT CONCERNING STATE OVERSIGHT OVER HOOKAH LOUNGES.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Section 19a-342 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) As used in this section, "smoke" or "smoking" means the lighting or carrying of a lighted cigarette, cigar, pipe, water pipe, hookah or similar device.

(b) (1) Notwithstanding the provisions of section 31-40q, no person shall smoke: (A) In any building or portion of a building owned and operated or leased and operated by the state or any political subdivision thereof; (B) in any area of a health care institution; (C) in any area of a retail food store; (D) in any restaurant; (E) in any area of an establishment with a permit issued for the sale of alcoholic liquor pursuant to section 30-20a, 30-21, 30-21b, 30-22, 30-22c, 30-28, 30-28a, 30-33a, 30-33b, 30-35a, 30-37a, 30-37e or 30-37f, in any area of an establishment with a permit for the sale of alcoholic liquor pursuant to section 30-23 issued after May 1, 2003, and, on and after April 1, 2004, in any area of an establishment with a permit issued for the sale of alcoholic liquor pursuant to section 30-22a or 30-26 or the bar area of a bowling establishment holding a permit pursuant to subsection (a) of section 30-37c; (F) within a school building while school is in session or student activities are being conducted; (G) in any passenger elevator, provided no person shall be arrested for violating this subsection unless there is posted in such elevator a sign which indicates that smoking is prohibited by state law; (H) in any dormitory in any public or private institution of higher education; [or] (I) on and after April 1, 2004, in any area of a dog race track or a facility equipped with screens for the simulcasting of off-track betting race programs or jai alai games; or (J) in any hookah lounge. For purposes of this subsection, "restaurant" means space, in a suitable and permanent building, kept, used, maintained, advertised and held out to the public to be a place where meals are regularly served to the public, and "hookah lounge" means space, in a suitable and permanent building, kept, used, maintained, advertised and held out to the public to be a place where hookahs or water pipes are regularly made available for use by the public.

(2) This section shall not apply to (A) correctional facilities; (B) designated smoking areas in psychiatric facilities; (C) public housing projects, as defined in subsection (b) of section 21a-278a; (D) classrooms where demonstration smoking is taking place as part of a medical or scientific experiment or lesson; (E) smoking rooms provided by employers for employees, pursuant to section 31-40q; (F) notwithstanding the provisions of subparagraph (E) of subdivision (1) of this subsection, the outdoor portion of the premises of any permittee listed in subparagraph (E) of subdivision (1) of this subsection, provided, in the case of any seating area maintained for the service of food, at least seventy-five per cent of the outdoor seating capacity is an area in which smoking is prohibited and which is clearly designated with written signage as a nonsmoking area, except that any temporary seating area established for special events and not used on a regular basis shall not be subject to the smoking prohibition or signage requirements of this subparagraph; [or] (G) any tobacco bar, provided no tobacco bar shall expand in size or change its location from its size or location as of December 31, 2002; or (H) any hookah lounge operating before December 31, 2010, provided such hookah lounge (i) may not expand in size or change its location from its size or location as of December 31, 2010, and (ii) shall comply with regulations established by the Commissioner of Public Health pursuant to subdivision (3) of this subsection. For purposes of this subdivision, "outdoor" means an area which has no roof or other ceiling enclosure, "tobacco bar" means an establishment with a permit for the sale of alcoholic liquor to consumers issued pursuant to chapter 545 that, in the calendar year ending December 31, 2002, generated ten per cent or more of its total annual gross income from the on-site sale of tobacco products and the rental of on-site humidors, [and] "tobacco product" means any substance that contains tobacco, including, but not limited to, cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco or chewing tobacco, and "operating" means leasing, renting or owning space, in a suitable and permanent building, that is open pursuant to a valid certificate of occupancy, used, maintained, advertised and held out to the public as a place where hookahs or water pipes are regularly made available for use by the public.

(3) Not later than July 1, 2013, the Commissioner of Public Health shall adopt regulations, in accordance with chapter 54, for the operation of hookah lounges in order to protect the health and safety of hookah lounge patrons.

(c) The operator of a hotel, motel or similar lodging may allow guests to smoke in not more than twenty-five per cent of the rooms offered as accommodations to guests.

(d) In each room, elevator, area or building in which smoking is prohibited by this section, the person in control of the premises shall post or cause to be posted in a conspicuous place signs stating that smoking is prohibited by state law. Such signs, except in elevators, restaurants, establishments with permits to sell alcoholic liquor to consumers issued pursuant to chapter 545, hotels, motels or similar lodgings, and health care institutions, shall have letters at least four inches high with the principal strokes of letters not less than one-half inch wide.

(e) Any person found guilty of smoking in violation of this section, failure to post signs as required by this section or the unauthorized removal of such signs shall have committed an infraction.

(f) Nothing in this section shall be construed to require any smoking area in any building.

(g) The provisions of this section shall supersede and preempt the provisions of any municipal law or ordinance relative to smoking effective prior to, on or after October 1, 1993.

Sec. 2. Subsection (a) of section 31-40q of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) As used in this section:

(1) "Person" means one or more individuals, partnerships, associations, corporations, limited liability companies, business trusts, legal representatives or any organized group of persons.

(2) "Employer" means a person engaged in business who has employees, including the state and any political subdivision thereof.

(3) "Employee" means any person engaged in service to an employer in the business of his employer.

(4) "Business facility" means a structurally enclosed location or portion thereof at which employees perform services for their employer. The term "business facility" does not include: (A) Facilities listed in subparagraph (A), (C), [or] (G) or (H) of subdivision (2) of subsection (b) of section 19a-342, as amended by this act; (B) any establishment with a permit for the sale of alcoholic liquor pursuant to section 30-23 issued on or before May 1, 2003; or (C) for any business that is engaged in the testing or development of tobacco or tobacco products, the areas of such business designated for such testing or development. [; or (D) during the period from October 1, 2003, to April 1, 2004, establishments with a permit issued for the sale of alcoholic liquor pursuant to section 30-22a or 30-26 or the bar area of a bowling establishment holding a permit pursuant to subsection (a) of section 30-37c.]

(5) "Smoking" means the burning of a lighted cigar, cigarette, pipe or any other matter or substance which contains tobacco.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

from passage

19a-342

Sec. 2

from passage

31-40q(a)

Statement of Purpose:

To prohibit smoking in hookah lounges established after July 1, 2011, and to require the Department of Public Health to establish health regulations for those lounges operating prior to July 1, 2011.

[Proposed deletions are enclosed in brackets. Proposed additions are indicated by underline, except that when the entire text of a bill or resolution or a section of a bill or resolution is new, it is not underlined.]

Co-Sponsors:

SEN. SLOSSBERG, 14th Dist.

S.B. 415