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. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


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