|Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Jan 05, 2022||referred to health|
|Jan 16, 2021||referred to health|
senate Bill S1874
Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Health Committee
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed/Vetoed by Governor
S1874 (ACTIVE) - Details
S1874 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER: S1874 SPONSOR: SKOUFIS TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public health law, in relation to making it unlawful for a person under the age of twenty-one to possess tobacco and vaping products PURPOSE: To prevent teenagers and young adults from becoming addicted to nico- tine. SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1: Amends the public health law to make possession of any tobac- co or vaping product by people under age 21 illegal. Specifies that possession of these products is not grounds for arrest and sets a maxi- mum fine of $50 dollars and/or completion of a tobacco awareness program, and/or an appropriate amount of community service not to exceed
S1874 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 1874 2021-2022 Regular Sessions I N S E N A T E January 16, 2021 ___________ Introduced by Sen. SKOUFIS -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Health AN ACT to amend the public health law, in relation to making it unlawful for a person under the age of twenty-one to possess tobacco and vaping products THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Article 13-F of the public health law is amended by adding a new section 1399-mm-4 to read as follows: § 1399-MM-4. UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF TOBACCO OR VAPING PRODUCTS BY PERSONS UNDER THE AGE OF TWENTY-ONE YEARS. 1. EXCEPT AS OTHERWISE PROVIDED IN THIS SECTION, NO PERSON UNDER THE AGE OF TWENTY-ONE YEARS SHALL POSSESS ANY TOBACCO OR VAPING PRODUCT. 2. ANY PERSON WHO UNLAWFULLY POSSESSES A TOBACCO OR VAPING PRODUCT MAY BE SUMMONED BEFORE AND EXAMINED BY A COURT HAVING JURISDICTION OF THAT CHARGE; PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT NOTHING IN THIS SECTION SHALL AUTHORIZE OR BE CONSTRUED TO AUTHORIZE A PEACE OFFICER, A POLICE OFFICER OR AN ENFORCEMENT OFFICER TO ARREST A PERSON WHO UNLAWFULLY POSSESSES A TOBAC- CO OR VAPING PRODUCT. IF A DETERMINATION IS MADE SUSTAINING SUCH CHARGE THE COURT MAY IMPOSE A CIVIL FINE NOT EXCEEDING FIFTY DOLLARS AND/OR COMPLETION OF A TOBACCO AWARENESS PROGRAM IF SUCH PROGRAM IS BEING OFFERED AND/OR AN APPROPRIATE AMOUNT OF COMMUNITY SERVICE NOT TO EXCEED THIRTY HOURS. 3. NO SUCH DETERMINATION SHALL OPERATE AS A DISQUALIFICATION OF ANY SUCH PERSON SUBSEQUENTLY TO HOLD PUBLIC OFFICE, PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT OR AS A FORFEITURE OF ANY RIGHT OR PRIVILEGE OR TO RECEIVE ANY LICENSE GRANTED BY PUBLIC AUTHORITY; AND NO SUCH PERSON SHALL BE DENOMINATED A CRIMINAL BY REASON OF SUCH DETERMINATION, NOR SHALL SUCH DETERMINATION BE DEEMED A CONVICTION. 4. WHENEVER A PEACE OFFICER, POLICE OFFICER OR AN ENFORCEMENT OFFICER SHALL OBSERVE A PERSON UNDER TWENTY-ONE YEARS OF AGE OPENLY IN EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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