HB-4472 Poses Threat to Clean Indoor Air Regulations and Other Local Public Health Policies
The West Virginia House of Delegates has had legislation introduced (HB-4472) which would shift decision making and approval for public health rules promulgated by local boards of health to the appointing bodies of the board of health (County and municipal governments).
The bill would place all existing rules, including clean indoor air regulations, in the position of being reviewed by “governing body” (i.e. county commissions and, in some cases municipalities) who could then approve, amend or void the existing regulation. All future regulations would have to be approved by the “governing body” prior to becoming effective.
In other words, ALL EXISTING CLEAN INDOOR AIR REGULATIONS COULD BE NULLIFIED OR HAVE BROAD EXEMPTIONS ADDED BY THE COUNTY COMMISSIONS!
This legislation, if passed, has the potential to set nearly two decades of work to protect West Virginia’s citizens from exposure to tobacco smoke back to square one. This legislation is being advocated for by powerful special interests who seek to return smoking to certain establishments and is similar to attacks on clean indoor air regulations proposed and defeated in the 2015 legislative session.
This bill was introduced by Delegates McGeehan, Faircloth, Folk, Nelson, J. and Faircloth and has been referred to the Government Organization Committee.
Please contact you House Members today and express your OPPOSITION to HB-4472!