Smoking; localities to ban in designated public parks, etc. (SB1253)

Introduced By

Sen. Ralph Northam (D-Norfolk)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Smoking in certain public areas. Allows localities to ban smoking in designated public parks, public beaches, and similar outdoor public areas. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/09/2013Presented and ordered printed
01/09/2013Presented and ordered printed 13102254D
01/09/2013Referred to Committee on Local Government
01/29/2013Reported from Local Government (11-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2013Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2013Read second time and engrossed
02/04/2013Read third time and passed Senate (26-Y 14-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2013Placed on Calendar
02/06/2013Read first time
02/06/2013Referred to Committee on General Laws
02/18/2013Left in General Laws


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 2 minutes.


Roger writes:

I believe smokers should be reimbursed for taxes they paid in over the last 10yrs. After all it's our money that supports public parks, beaches and similar outdoor areas. Where do you come up with such idiotic bills?

Peggy writes:

Communities should be able to protect their valued public outdoor spaces from smoking for several reasons.
Cigarette butts are the most littered item found in litter surveys. Cigarette butts are made of non-biodegradable plastic, and once used are full of chemicals that are toxic to fish and wildlife.
Cigarette butt litter is dangerous, unsightly, and does not belong in the environment.
Non-smokers do not like to be exposed to smoking fumes or to have their children exposed to the habit; a clean, smoke-free place to enjoy the out-of-doors is preferred by most citizens.
Smoke-free policies are extremely effective in reducing cigarette-related litter as well as unwanted exposure to smoking.
Let's allow communities to decide for themselves what policies on smoking best serve their interests.