Bill To Ban Outdoor Smoking Passes Senate Unanimously

TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami) – Smoking could be banned by cities and counties on their beaches, parks and other publicly owned outdoor areas, under a proposal that passed an early Senate vote Thursday.

By unanimous vote, the Senate Regulated Industries Committees approved the measure (SB 258), which expands the state’s clear indoor air restrictions to more outdoor venues. Voters approved the Florida Indoor Clean Air Act a decade ago.

The proposal would allow local governments to enact smoke free areas on publicly owned land as long as smoking sections are also available.

Read the full article to learn how a similar bill failed last year, and whether this bill faces the same fate.

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