BREAKING: House, Senate pass smoking banPublished 4:43pm Thursday, December 10, 2009
LANSING — Legislation that would ban smoking in all public places in 2010 passed the Michigan senate and House of Representatives today and will now head to Governor Jennifer Granholm, who is expected to sign it.
The only three exceptions to the regulations would be the gaming floors of the three Detroit casinos, cigar bars and tobacco specialty stores.
It passed 23-13 in the Senate and 75-30 in the House.
Sen. Ron Jelinek, R-Three Oaks, who helped write the bill, was happy to see it pass.
“This will be a great early Christmas gift to the residents of Michigan who have been asking for smoke-free air for a long time,” said Jelinek in a press release. “Michigan will join 37 other states in making workplaces healthier for employees and going out to eat more enjoyable for families.”
State Representative Sharon Tyler, R-Niles supported the bill as well.
“This isn’t a Republican or Democrat issue – this is about setting good public health policy,” said state Rep. Sharon Tyler, R-Niles in a press release. “This legislation will allow Michigan businesses to join the ranks of many other states across the nation who have taken the prudent steps necessary to maintain a healthy work environment for Michigan employees.”
If signed by Granholm, businesses that do not comply with non-smoking regulations could be fined $100 for the first offense and as much as $500 for following offenses.
The bill would take effect May 1, 2010.