Each week we share the most recent happenings in local legislation with a Friday posting. This is what is happening around the United States for January 23-29, 2016.
Local Legislation Week In Review Vol. 2
Berkeley, CA – On January 26th, The City Council voted to raise the smoking age to 21, following in the footsteps of more than 110 municipalities across the nation, including New York City and Boston.
West Plains, MO – On April 5, 2016 voters in West Plains, MO will vote on whether or not smoking will be banned indoors at workplaces and public places as well.
Florida – A group of legislators is looking to overturn Statute 386.209 which prevents local municipalities from enacting smoking bans. If the Statute is repealed is would give cities and towns the ability to pass their own smoking bans.
Ann Arbor, MI – In 2016 the city passed a smoking ban in 73 of its 159 parks. Beginning on February 1st, the ban will be enforced in all 159 city parks.
Marion, MA – The town Board of Health unanimously passed a measure to raise the smoking age from 18 to 21. Fines start at $100 and go up to $300 + 14-day license suspension.
Milton, PA – The Borough Council voted to ban smoking in parks and recreational areas. The original measure included parking lots but that was removed from the final ordinance.