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A00857 Summary:

BILL NOA00857
 
SAME ASNo Same As
 
SPONSORCahill
 
COSPNSR
 
MLTSPNSRGalef, Lifton, Sepulveda
 
Add 1399-n & 1399-o, Pub Health L
 
Prohibits smoking within fifty feet of all entrances to state office buildings and restricts smoking outside buildings with indoor smoking restrictions; sets forth definitions of state office and state agency.
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A00857 Actions:

BILL NOA00857
 
01/09/2017referred to health
01/17/2017reported referred to codes
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A00857 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A857
 
SPONSOR: Cahill (MS)
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public health law, in relation to prohibiting smok- ing within fifty feet of all entrances to certain buildings   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To prevent exposure to secondhand smoke for individuals entering or exiting all buildings covered by the Clean Indoor Air Act.   SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1 amends the public health law by adding a two new subdivisions to section 1399-n to prohibit smoking within fifty feet of an entrance to a state office. Section 2 amends the public health law by adding a new subdivision to section 1399-o to prohibit smoking within fifty feet of all entrances to the buildings covered by that section   JUSTIFICATION: Secondhand smoke kills approximately 63,000 people each year. This bill seeks to protect individuals from exposure to deadly secondhand smoke at all entrances and exits to state facilities. Secondhand smoke is a dilute mixture of mainstream smoke (exhaled by smokers) and sidestream smoke (from the burning end of a cigarette) and it is chemically similar to the smoke inhaled by smokers, and contains a number of carcinogenic compounds. Secondhand smoke, known to cause cancer, is classified by the federal government as a known carcinogen along with chemicals such as asbestos, benzene, mustard gas and radon. The Clean Indoor Air Act, enacted in 2003, banned smoking in all work- places across the state. Since 2003, smokers have been forced venture outside to smoke. Unfortunately, many smokers consistently light up within close proximity to the entrances of building they are no longer permitted to smoke in. This legislation seeks to move smokers away from the doorways in order to protect those wishing to enter and exit state facilities from unwanted exposure to secondhand smoke.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2015-2016: A1732A Referred to Codes 2013-2014: A.1679- Referred to Health 2011-2012: A.184- Referred to Health 2009-2010: A.577- Referred to Health 2007-2008: A.3905- Referred to Health 2006: A.11206 - Referred to Health   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.   EFFECTIVE DATE: 120 days after it shall have become law.
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A00857 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                           857
 
                               2017-2018 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                     January 9, 2017
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by  M. of A. CAHILL -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A. GALEF,
          LIFTON, SEPULVEDA -- read once and referred to the Committee on Health
 
        AN ACT to amend the public health law, in relation to prohibiting  smok-
          ing within fifty feet of all entrances to certain buildings

          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
 
     1    Section 1. Section 1399-n of the  public  health  law  is  amended  by
     2  adding two new subdivisions 9 and 10 to read as follows:
     3    9.  "State office" means any building or facility in the state wherein
     4  one hundred or more employees, in aggregate, of  any  state  agency  are
     5  located whether or not such office building or facility is owned, rented
     6  or leased by the state.
     7    10.  "State agency" means any department of the executive, any bureau,
     8  commission, agency, board or other agency, any public authority, and the
     9  judiciary and the legislature.
    10    § 2. Section 1399-o of the public health law is amended  by  adding  a
    11  new subdivision 5 to read as follows:
    12    5.  Smoking  shall  not  be permitted and no person shall smoke in the
    13  outside area within fifty feet of an entrance to a  building  containing
    14  one  or  more  of  the  indoor  areas  listed in subdivision one of this
    15  section, or in the outside area within fifty feet of  any  state  office
    16  building used for any state agency.
    17    § 3. This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after
    18  it  shall have become a law. Effective immediately, the addition, amend-
    19  ment and/or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the implemen-
    20  tation of this act on its effective date is authorized and  directed  to
    21  be made and completed on or before such effective date.
 
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD01630-01-7
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