ASSEMBLY, No. 1080






      The Assembly Tourism and Gaming Committee reports favorably Assembly Bill No. 1080.

      This bill extends the provisions of the “New Jersey Smoke Free Air Act,” P.L.2005, c.383 (C.26:3D-55 et seq.), which generally prohibit smoking in indoor public places and workplaces, to apply to public parks and beaches throughout the State.

      The bill provides specifically as follows:

·   The smoking prohibition provided for under this bill would apply to any State park or forest, county or municipal park, or State or municipal beach, but would not include any parking lot that is adjacent to but outside the public park or beach.

·   The bill defines “State park or forest” to mean any State owned or leased land, water or facility administered by the Department of Environmental Protection, including, but not limited to, a park, forest, recreational area, marina, historic site, burial site or natural area, but not including a wildlife management area or reservoir land.

·   The Department of Environmental Protection is directed to provide information and assistance to counties and municipalities, as determined appropriate by the Commissioner of Environmental Protection and within the limits of resources available to the department for this purpose, to support smoke-free public parks and beaches.

·   The penalties that currently apply to a person who smokes in an indoor public place or workplace, or a person having control of the place who fails to comply with an order to enforce the smoking prohibition, in violation of the “New Jersey Smoke Free Air Act,” would apply to a comparable violation of this bill.  These include a fine of not less than $250 for the first offense, $500 for the second offense and $1,000 for each subsequent offense.  (As currently provided under the “New Jersey Smoke Free Air Act,” a penalty recovered through enforcement would be paid to the State Treasury if the plaintiff is the Commissioner of Health, and to the treasury of the municipality in which the violation occurred if the plaintiff is the local board of health.)

·   The Commissioners of Health and Environmental Protection, pursuant to the "Administrative Procedure Act," P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.) and in consultation with each other, are directed to adopt rules and regulations to effectuate the purposes of this bill.

      The bill takes effect on the 180th day after enactment, but authorizes the Commissioners of Health and Environmental Protection to take anticipatory administrative action in advance as necessary for its implementation.

      This bill was pre-filed for introduction in the 2014-2015 session pending technical review.  As reported, the bill includes the changes required by technical review, which has been performed.