Regulation of Smoking in Public Places (SB 224)
This morning, the Senate Community Affairs Committee unanimously passed SB 224 (Gruters). The bill would give cities and counties the ability to provide smoke-free zones in a public park or on public beaches. FLC supports SB 224.
Current law prohibits local governments from setting up reasonable smoke-free zones so that our residents and visitors can enjoy public parks, playgrounds, recreation fields and beaches without exposure to unhealthy second-hand smoke.
Special thanks to Indian Harbour Beach City Manager Mark Ryan for traveling to Tallahassee and testifying in support of the bill.
Please thank the Senate Community Affairs Committee for supporting SB 224. Please continue to thank Senator Joe Gruters for sponsoring this legislation. To watch the committee hearing, click here.
SB 224 will now go to the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee, chaired by Senator Jason Brodeur. Please thank Senator Brodeur for voting yes this morning and encourage him to place SB 224 on the agenda for the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee.
The House companion bill, HB 105 (Fine) has been referred to the House Professions & Public Health Subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Will Robinson. Please encourage Rep. Robinson to consider HB 105 in his committee.
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