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Evans exemption bill

This is the text of the exemption to the smokefree workplaces law, passed by the D.C. Council on an emergency basis, on March 2, 2010. Emergency legislation lasts for 90 days.

A BILL

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IN THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

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To amend, on an emergency basis, the Department of Health Functions Clarification Act of 2001 to permit a once annual special event exemption for licensed hotels.

            BE IT AN ACT BY THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, that this act may be cited as the “Special Event Exemption Emergency Act of 2010”.

            Sec. 2.  Section 4917 of the Department of Health Functions Clarification Act of 2001, effective October 3, 2001 (D.C. Law 14-28; D.C. Official Code § 7-743 et seq.), is amended as follows:

            (a) Designate the existing text as subsection (a).

            (b) Add a new subsection (b) to read as follows:

            “(b) A hotel licensed under § 25-113 of the D.C. Office Code shall be exempt from the provisions of this subchapter once a year for one day for the purposes of hosting a special event which permits cigar smoking; provided, that the hotel:

                        “(1) Notifies the Department of Health in writing in advance of the event;

                        “(2) Has a ballroom or special event catering space with an occupancy of 500 or more persons;

                        “(3) Permits employees to opt out of working such a special event with no penalty; and

                        “(4) Pays a fee of $250 to be remitted to the Regulatory Enforcement Fund as established under § 4903.”.

            Sec. 3.  Fiscal impact statement.

            The Council adopts the fiscal impact statement of the Budget Director as the fiscal impact statement required by section 602(c)(3) of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act, approved December 24, 1973 (87 Stat. 813; D.C. Official Code § 1-206.02(c)(3)).

            Sec. 4.  Effective date.

            This act shall take effect following approval by the Mayor (or in the event of veto by the Mayor, action by the Council to override the veto), and shall remain in effect for no longer than 90 days, as provided for emergency acts of the Council of the District of Columbia in section 412(a) of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act, approved December 24, 1973 (87 Stat. 788; D.C. Official Code § 1-204.12(a)).