BILL REQ. #: H-1481.2
|State of Washington||58th Legislature||2003 Regular Session|
Read first time 02/18/2003. Referred to Committee on Health Care.
AN ACT Relating to indoor air quality; and amending RCW 70.160.020, 70.160.040, and 70.05.060.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
Sec. 1 RCW 70.160.020 and 1985 c 236 s 2 are each amended to read
As used in this chapter, the following terms have the meanings indicated unless the context clearly indicates otherwise.
(1) "Smoke" or "smoking" means the carrying or smoking of any kind of lighted pipe, cigar, cigarette, or any other lighted smoking equipment.
(2) "Public place" means that portion of any building or vehicle used by and open to the public, regardless of whether the building or vehicle is owned in whole or in part by private persons or entities, the state of Washington, or other public entity, and regardless of whether a fee is charged for admission.
Public places include, but are not limited to: Elevators, public conveyances or transportation facilities, museums, concert halls, theaters, auditoriums, exhibition halls, indoor sports arenas, hospitals, nursing homes, health care facilities or clinics, enclosed shopping centers, retail stores, retail service establishments, financial institutions, educational facilities, ticket areas, public hearing facilities, state legislative chambers and immediately adjacent hallways, public restrooms, libraries, ((
restaurants,)) waiting areas,
lobbies, and reception areas. A public place does not include a
private residence. A public place does not include a restaurant. This
chapter is not intended to restrict smoking in private facilities which
are occasionally open to the public except upon the occasions when the
facility is open to the public.
(3) "Restaurant" means any building, structure, or area used,
maintained, or advertised as, or held out to the public to be, an
enclosure where meals are made available to be consumed on the
premises, for consideration of payment.))
Sec. 2 RCW 70.160.040 and 1985 c 236 s 4 are each amended to read
(1) A smoking area may be designated in a public place by the owner or, in the case of a leased or rented space, by the lessee or other person in charge except in:
(a) Elevators; buses, except for private hire; streetcars; taxis, except those clearly and visibly designated by the owner to permit smoking; public areas of retail stores and lobbies of financial institutions; office reception areas and waiting rooms of any building owned or leased by the state of Washington or by any city, county, or other municipality in the state of Washington; museums; public meetings or hearings; classrooms and lecture halls of schools, colleges, and universities; and the seating areas and aisle ways which are contiguous to seating areas of concert halls, theaters, auditoriums, exhibition halls, and indoor sports arenas; and
(b) Hallways of health care facilities, with the exception of nursing homes, and lobbies of concert halls, theaters, auditoriums, exhibition halls, and indoor sports arenas, if the area is not physically separated. Owners or other persons in charge are not required to incur any expense to make structural or other physical modifications in providing these areas.
Except as provided in other provisions of this chapter, no public place, other than a bar, tavern, bowling alley, tobacco shop, or restaurant, may be designated as a smoking area in its entirety. If a bar((
,)) or tobacco shop(( , or restaurant)) is designated as a smoking
area in its entirety, this designation shall be posted conspicuously on
all entrances normally used by the public.
(2) Where smoking areas are designated, existing physical barriers and ventilation systems shall be used to minimize the toxic effect of smoke in adjacent nonsmoking areas.
Managers of restaurants who choose to provide smoking areas
shall designate an adequate amount of seating to meet the demands of
restaurant patrons who wish to smoke. Owners of restaurants are not
required to incur any expense to make structural or other physical
modifications in providing these areas. Restaurant patrons shall be
informed that separate smoking and nonsmoking sections are available.)) Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, a facility or
area may be designated in its entirety as a nonsmoking area by the
owner or other person in charge.
Sec. 3 RCW 70.05.060 and 1991 c 3 s 308 are each amended to read
Each local board of health shall have supervision over all matters pertaining to the preservation of the life and health of the people within its jurisdiction and shall:
(1) Enforce through the local health officer or the administrative officer appointed under RCW 70.05.040, if any, the public health statutes of the state and rules ((
promulgated)) adopted by the state
board of health and the secretary of health;
(2) Supervise the maintenance of all health and sanitary measures for the protection of the public health within its jurisdiction;
(3) Enact such local rules and regulations as are necessary in order to preserve, promote, and improve the public health and provide for the enforcement thereof;
(4) Enact local rules as may be necessary to regulate smoking in restaurants;
(5) Provide for the control and prevention of any dangerous, contagious or infectious disease within the jurisdiction of the local health department;
(5))) (6) Provide for the prevention, control, and abatement of
nuisances detrimental to the public health;
(6))) (7) Make such reports to the state board of health through
the local health officer or the administrative officer as the state
board of health may require; and
(7))) (8) Establish fee schedules for issuing or renewing
licenses or permits or for such other services as are authorized by the
law and the rules of the state board of health: PROVIDED, That such
fees for services shall not exceed the actual cost of providing any