Prohibits the sale of liquid that is intended for human consumption and/or use in an electronic nicotine delivery system that is not contained in child resistant packaging, and also bans the use of electronic nicotine delivery systems in schools.
2017-03-02: Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary
2017-04-21: Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (04/27/2017)
2017-04-27: Committee recommended measure be held for further study
2017-06-26: Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (06/28/2017)
2017-06-28: Committee recommends passage of Sub A
2017-06-29: Placed on Senate Calendar (06/29/2017)
2017-06-29: Senate passed Sub A
2017-06-30: Placed on the House Consent Calendar
2017-06-30: Placed on the House Consent Calendar (06/30/2017)
2017-09-15: Placed on the House Consent Calendar (09/19/2017)
2017-09-19: House passed Sub A in concurrence
2017-10-03: Transmitted to Governor
2017-10-05: Signed by Governor
Changes since original draft
2017 – S 0402
S TATE OF RHODE IS L AND
IN GENERAL ASSEMBLY
JANUARY SESSION, A.D. 2017
A N A C T
RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES - CHILDREN
Introduced By: Senators Ruggerio, Jabour, Miller, Lombardi, and Coyne
Date Introduced: March 02, 2017
Referred To: Senate Judiciary
It is enacted by the GeneralAssembly as follows:
SECTION 1. Chapter 11-9 of the GeneralLaws entitled "Children" is hereby amended by adding thereto the following section:
11-9-13.20. Packaging of electronic nicotine-delivery system liquid.
(a) No liquid, whether or not such liquid contains nicotine, that is intended for human consumption and used in an electronic nicotine-delivery system, as defined in §11-9-13.4, shall be sold unless the liquid is contained in child-resistant packaging.
(b) All licensees under §23-1-56 shall ensure that any liquid intended for human consumption and used in an electronic nicotine-delivery system, as defined in §11-9-13.4, is sold in child-resistant packaging.
(c)(1) For the purposes of this section, "child-resistant packaging" means packaging that is designed or constructed to be significantly difficult for children under five (5) years of age to open or obtain a toxic or harmful amount of the substance contained therein within a reasonable time and not difficult for normal adults to use properly, but does not mean packaging which all such children cannot open or obtain a toxic or harmful amount within a reasonable time. A liquid, as defined in subsection (a) of this section, enclosed in a package, cartridge, or other container that is prefilled and sealed by the manufacturer and not intended to be opened by the consumer shall qualify as child-resistant packaging.
(2) For purposes of this section, all regulations prescribing standards for "special packaging" of household substances per chapter 24.1 of title 23 now or hereafter adopted under the authority of the Federal Poison Prevention Packaging Act are the regulatory standards in this state for "child-resistant packaging" as defined in subsection (c)(1) of this section. Provided, however, that if any federal statute or federal regulation and/or rule is promulgated prescribing standards specifically for child safety packaging for liquid nicotine containers, that federalstatute or federal regulation and/or rule shall be the regulatory standard under this section as of the effective date of any such enacted legislation or final regulation and/or rule.
(d) Any licensee or any person required to be licensed under §23-1-56 that fails to comply with this section shall be subject to the penalties provided in §11-9-13.13.
(e) The licensee is responsible for all violations of this section that occur at the location for which the license is issued.
(f) No licensee or person shall be found in violation of this section if the licensee or person relied in good faith on documentation provided by or attributed to the manufacturer of the packaging of the aforementioned liquid that such packaging meets the requirements of this section.
SECTION 2. Sections 11-9-13.10, 11-9-13.13, 11-9-13.16 and 11-9-13.17 of the General Laws in Chapter 11-9 entitled "Children" are hereby amended to read as follows:
11-9-13.10. Prohibition on the distribution of free tobacco products.
The distribution of free tobacco products and electronic nicotine-delivery systems or coupons or vouchers redeemable for free tobacco or electronic nicotine-delivery system products to any person under eighteen (18) years of age shallbe prohibited. Further, the distribution of free tobacco products or electronic nicotine-delivery systems or coupons or vouchers redeemable for free tobacco or electronic nicotine-delivery systems products shallbe prohibited, regardless of the age of the person to whom the products, coupons, or vouchers are distributed, within five hundred (500) feet of any school. The attorney general, or any local or state of Rhode Island police department, or their officer or agents, shall bring an action for any violation of this section. Every separate, free tobacco product or electronic nicotine-delivery system or coupon or voucher redeemable for a free tobacco or electronic nicotine-delivery system or product in violation of this section shall constitute a separate offense subject to a fine of five hundred dollars ($500). The penalty shall be assessed against the business or individual responsible for initiating the Rhode Island distribution of the free tobacco products or electronic nicotine-delivery systems or coupons or vouchers redeemable for free tobacco products or electronic nicotine-delivery systems.
11-9-13.13. Nature and size of penalties.
(a) Any person or individual who violates a requirement of § 11-9-13.6(2), display of specific signage, shall be subject to a fine in court of not less than thirty-five dollars ($35.00), nor
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(b) The license holder is responsible for all violations of this section that occur at the location for which the license is issued. Any license holder that violates the prohibition of § 11-9- 13.8(1) and/or (2) or §11-9-13.20 shall be subject to civil fines as follows:
(1) A fine of two hundred fifty dollars ($250) for the first violation within any thirty-six- month (36) period;
(2) A fine of five hundred dollars ($500) for the second violation within any thirty-six- month (36) period;
(3) A fine of one thousand dollars ($1,000) and a fourteen-day (14) suspension of the license to sell tobacco products or electronic nicotine-delivery systems for the third violation within any thirty-six-month (36) period;
(4) A fine of one thousand five hundred dollars ($1,500) and a ninety-day (90) suspension of the license to sell tobacco products or electronic nicotine-delivery systems for each violation in excess of three (3).
(c) Any person that violates a prohibition of § 11-9-13.8(3), sale of single cigarettes; § 11-9-13.8(2), regarding factory-wrapped packs; shall be subject to a penalty of five hundred dollars ($500) for each violation.
(d) The department of taxation and/or the department of health shallnot issue a license to any individual, business, firm, association, or corporation the license of which has been revoked or suspended, to any corporation an officer of which has had his or her license revoked or suspended, or to any individual who is, or has been, an officer of a corporation the license of which has been revoked or suspended so long as such revocations or suspensions are in effect.
(e) The court shall suspend the imposition of a license suspension of the license secured from the Rhode Island tax administrator for violation of subdivisions (b)(3) and (b)(4) of this section if the court finds that the license holder has taken measures to prevent the sale of tobacco and/or electronic nicotine-delivery systems to minors and the license holder can demonstrate to the court that those measures have been taken and that employees have received training. No person shall sell tobacco products and/or electronic nicotine-delivery system products at retail without first being trained in the legal sale of tobacco and/or electronic nicotine-delivery system products. Training shall teach employees what constitutes a tobacco and/or electronic nicotine- delivery system product; legal age of purchase; acceptable identification; how to refuse a direct sale to a minor or secondary sale to an adult; and all applicable laws on tobacco sales and distribution. Dealers shall maintain records indicating that the provisions of this section were reviewed with all employees who conduct, or will conduct, tobacco and/or electronic nicotine-
LC000759 - Page 3of 6 delivery systems sales. Each employee who sells or will sell tobacco and/or electronic nicotine- delivery system products shall sign an acknowledgement form attesting that the provisions of this section were reviewed with him or her. Each form shall be maintained by the retailer for as long as the employee is so employed and for no less than one year after termination of employment. The measures to prevent the sale of tobacco and/or electronic nicotine-delivery systems to minors shall be defined by the department of behavioral healthcare, developmental disabilities and hospitals in rules and regulations.
11-9-13.16. Rules and regulations.
The department of mental health, retardation and hospitals behavioral healthcare, developmental disabilities and hospitals shall promulgate the rules and regulations necessary to fulfill the intent of §§ 11-9-13.2 – 11-9-13.19 11-9-13.20.
11-9-13.17. Fines collected.
(a) One-half (1/2) of all the fines collected pursuant to §§ 11-9-13.2 – 11-9-13.19 11-9- 13.20 shall be transferred to the municipalities in which the citation originated.
(b) One-half (1/2) of all the fines collected pursuant to §§ 11-9-13.2 – 11-9-13.19 11-9- 13.20 shall be transferred to the generalfund.
SECTION 3. Sections 23-20.9-4 and 23-20.9-5 of the General Laws in Chapter 23-20.9 entitled "Smoking in Schools" are hereby amended to read as follows:
As used in this chapter:
(1) "Person" means any person or persons including but not limited to contract or other workers on school property, school students, school administrators, school employees, school faculty, and school visitors.
(2) "School or schools" means any non-residential school building, public or private, of any city or town or community educational system regulated, directly or secondarily, by the board of regents for elementary and secondary education or the department of elementary and secondary education or any other state education board or local city or town school board or school committee or other legal educational subdivision acting under it. As used in this chapter, the term "school or schools" includes but is not limited to school playgrounds, school administration buildings, indoor school athletic facilities, school gymnasiums, school locker rooms, school buses, other school vehicles, other school buildings whose use is not primarily residential, and outside areas within twenty-five (25) feet of any schoolbuilding.
(3) "Governing body" means the body, board, committee or individual, or its designated agent(s) or designee(s), responsible for, or which has control over, the administration of any
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(4) "Tobacco product usage" means the smoking or use of any substance or item which contains tobacco, including but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, pipes, or other smoking tobacco, or the use of snuff or smokeless tobacco, or having in one's possession a lighted cigarette, cigar, pipe, or other substance or item containing tobacco.
(5) "Electronic nicotine-delivery system usage" means any vaping, inhaling, or use of any device defined in §11-9-13.4.
23-20.9-5. Regulation of smoking in schools.
(a) The governing body of each school in Rhode Island shall be responsible for the development of enforcement procedures to prohibit tobacco product usage and electronic nicotine-delivery system usage by any person utilizing school facilities. All facilities used by a school, whether owned, leased or rented, shall be subject to the provisions of this chapter. Enforcement procedures shallbe promulgated and conspicuously posted in each building.
(b) This chapter shall not modify, or be used as a basis for modifying school policies or regulations in effect prior to the passage of this chapter if the existing policies or regulations prohibit tobacco product usage and electronic nicotine-delivery system usage in the school.
(c) All school areas where tobacco product usage is prohibited shall be clearly marked with "nonsmoking area" signs with bold block lettering at least three inches (3") high stating "Tobacco-Free School – Tobacco Use Prohibited". All school areas where electronic nicotine- delivery system usage is prohibited shall be clearly marked with "nonsmoking area" signs with bold block lettering at least three inches (3") high stating "E-Cigarettes and Vapor Devices Prohibited". There shall be at least one "nonsmoking area" sign, in conformance with the above, at every building entrance and in other areas as designated by the governing body. Signs shall also be posted in every school bus and every school vehicle. Signs as detailed above shall be provided, without charge, by the department of health.
SECTION 4. This act shalltake effect on January 1, 2018.
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BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL
A N A C T
RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES - CHILDREN
This act would prohibit the sale of liquid that is intended for human consumption and/or use in an electronic nicotine-delivery system that is not contained in child resistant packaging. This act would also prohibit the use of electronic nicotine-delivery systems in schools.
This act would take effect on January 1, 2018. ======== LC000759 ========
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