A piece of legislation has been introduced to the Virginia State Senate that would give counties, cities and towns within the state the power to implement outdoor smoking bans.
SB 938, introduced by State Sen. John Edwards (D-Roanoake), would require those entities to install signage as part of any ban, and would limit fines for smokers to $25 per violation after a warning has been issued. Those fines would then be directed to the Virginia Health Care Fund.
Localities would still be required to put any proposed ban through its own due process, including public hearings. Bans could apply to any public park, recreational facility or playground, as well as hiking, biking, or horseback riding trails.
The bill has been referred to the Virginia Senate Committee on Local Government.