Public Hearing Scheduled on HB-4472
A Public Hearing on HB-4472 has been scheduled for FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19th at 8:00 a.m. in the House of Delegates Chamber.
HB-4472 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 plan on attending this public hearing and voicing your strong opposition to HB-4472.