WSR 00-15-027



[ Filed July 11, 2000, 12:53 p.m. ]

Original Notice.

Exempt from preproposal statement of inquiry under RCW 34.05.310(4).

Title of Rule: WAC 132H-121-010 Smoking.

Purpose: To amend the existing smoking policy for the Bellevue Community College main campus and identify specific areas where smoking may/may not occur.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 28B.15.605.

Summary: Amendment to the existing smoking policy will more clearly define areas designated for smoking on the Bellevue Community College main campus.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: The current rule is confusing and does not guide smokers to appropriate areas where smoking may occur, causing frustration for nonsmokers.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting and Implementation: Barbara Martin, BCC Campus, Room B202, (425) 564-2305; and Enforcement: Karl Palo, BCC Campus, Room K100, (425) 564-2400.

Name of Proponent: Barbara Martin, Vice-President, Administrative Services, Bellevue Community College, public.

Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.

Explanation of Rule, its Purpose, and Anticipated Effects: The amendment to the current smoking policy will restrict smoking to the outer perimeter of campus buildings and leave walkways and courtyards smoke free. This will eliminate the current confusion about which areas are and are not acceptable for people wishing to smoke. The amendment also expands the policy to cover tobacco products as well as cigarettes, as well as guiding people to the campus operations office where they may get information and maps concerning designated smoking locations.

These changes will eliminate the dangers occurring from smoke filled corridors and the mess from cigarette butts being scattered across the campus.

Proposal Changes the Following Existing Rules: The proposal changes the designated smoking locations from being intermittently scattered throughout the campus to specific locations on the exterior perimeter created by the ring of campus buildings. It expands the current rule to cover all tobacco products rather than just cigarettes.

No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. There is no business economic impact from this rule change.

RCW 34.05.328 does not apply to this rule adoption.

Hearing Location: Bellevue Community College, 3000 Landerholm Circle S.E., Room B202, Bellevue, WA 98007-6484, on September 11, 2000, at 2:00.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Carol Jones-Watkins by September 5, 2000, TDD (425) 564-4110.

Submit Written Comments to: Barbara Martin, fax (425) 564-2261, by September 11, 2000.

Date of Intended Adoption: September 27, 2000.

July 6, 2000

Elise J. Erickson

Rules Coordinator

AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 92-19-05 [92-19-051], filed 9/10/92)

WAC 132H-121-010

It shall be the policy of Bellevue Community College, consistent with its efforts to promote wellness, fitness, and a campus environment conducive to work, study, and activities for staff, students, and the public, to maintain a smoke/tobacco free indoor campus environment. Smoking and tobacco use is permitted only in designated locations. Use of tobacco products is permitted on campus outside of the buildings; smoking in covered walkways surrounding main and upper campuses shall be restricted to designated smoking areas. Receptacles for smoking materials are provided and are required to be used to maintain litter free campus grounds.

The college recognizes the rights of those who choose to use tobacco and as such does not prohibit the use of tobacco products; it does, however, restrict the use of these materials to areas outside college facilities and vehicles. Information regarding the Bellevue Community College smoking policy is available in Campus Operations, located in K100.

[Statutory Authority: Chapter 34.05 RCW and RCW 28B.50.140. 92-19-051, 132H-121-010, filed 9/10/92, effective 10/11/92.]

Reviser's note: The bracketed material preceding the section above was supplied by the code reviser's office.

Reviser's note: The typographical errors in the above section occurred in the copy filed by the agency and appear in the Register pursuant to the requirements of RCW 34.08.040.

Washington State Code Reviser's Office