Smoke Free Air Act; created. (SB1161)

Introduced By

Sen. Brandon Bell (R-Roanoke)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Virginia Smoke Free Air Act; smoking in restaurants; civil penalties. Moves the law restricting smoking in buildings and other enclosed areas from the title relating to local government (15.2) to the title relating to health (32.1) and prohibits smoking indoors in most buildings or enclosed areas frequented by the public. Exceptions are provided for (i) private homes, private residences, and private automobiles, and home-based businesses, unless used in conjunction with a licensed child care, adult day care, or health care facility; (ii) certain private functions held in public facilities; (iii) hotel or motel rooms not clearly designated as "nonsmoking" rooms that are offered for lease or rent to the public; (iv) specialty tobacco stores; and (v) tobacco manufacturers. Signs stating "Warning: Smoking Permitted" must be posted by the proprietor of any exempt building or area when smoking is allowed. Any person who continues to smoke in an area in which smoking is prohibited will be subject to a civil penalty of not more than $100 for the first offense, and $250 for subsequent offenses. Failure to comply with the smoking restrictions will subject proprietors to a $200 civil penalty for the first offense and $500 for subsequent offenses. Amends § 32.1-73.8, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


  • 01/10/2007 Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/07 072450700
  • 01/10/2007 Referred to Committee on Education and Health
  • 01/16/2007 Impact statement from DPB (SB1161)
  • 01/26/2007 Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N)
  • 01/26/2007 VOTE: (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 01/29/2007 Read second time
  • 01/29/2007 Passed by for the day
  • 01/30/2007 Read second time
  • 01/30/2007 Passed by for the day
  • 01/31/2007 Substitute by Senator Williams rejected 075406848-S1 (18-Y 22-N)
  • 01/31/2007 Substitute by Senator O'Brien rejected 075405784-S2
  • 01/31/2007 Read second time
  • 01/31/2007 Floor substitute printed 075406848-S2 (Williams)
  • 01/31/2007 Floor substitute printed 075405784-S1 (O'Brien)
  • 01/31/2007 Substitute by Senator Williams rejected 075406848-S2 (18-Y 22-N)
  • 01/31/2007 Reading of substitute waived
  • 01/31/2007 Substitute by Senator O'Brien rejected 075405784-S1
  • 01/31/2007 Engrossed by Senate
  • 02/01/2007 Read third time
  • 02/01/2007 Passed by for the day
  • 02/02/2007 Passed by for the day
  • 02/05/2007 Read third time
  • 02/05/2007 Passed Senate (23-Y 16-N)
  • 02/05/2007 VOTE: (23-Y 16-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/05/2007 Communicated to House
  • 02/06/2007 Impact statement from DPB (SB1161S2)
  • 02/06/2007 Placed on Calendar
  • 02/06/2007 Read first time
  • 02/06/2007 Referred to Committee on General Laws
  • 02/07/2007 Assigned GL sub: #3 ABC/Gaming (Gear)
  • 02/20/2007 Left in General Laws