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  • NJ A2057
  • Permits new cigar lounges to be opened under certain circumstances.
Introduced
(1/27/2016)
In Committee
(12/15/2016)
Crossed Over
(9/15/2016)
PassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill would authorize a municipality to adopt an ordinance allowing certain new cigar lounges within the municipality that are exempt from the provisions of the "New Jersey Smoke-Free Air Act." The ordinance would set forth how many such lounges may open and operate within the municipality. If a municipality adopts such ordinance, a prospective cigar lounge would have to apply to the local board of health in the municipality for a registration to open and operate in the municipality. The local board of health may only grant such application if the lounge will: not sell or serve food or alcoholic beverages; not be located within a bar or restaurant; have an entrance distinct from any other establishment; be directly accessible by the public; be equipped with an exhaust system appropriate to ensure worker and customer safety; and not permit the use of hookahs. Under current law, only a cigar bar or lounge that opened before December 31, 2004 could be registered with the local board of health, and be exempted from the provisions of the "New Jersey Smoke-Free Air Act." The bill requires a new cigar lounge to renew its registration after one year, and each year thereafter. The local board of health may only renew a registration if the cigar lounge generates 15 percent or more of its total annual gross income from the on-site sale of tobacco products and the rental of on-site humidors, not including any sales from vending machines, continues to comply with all the requirements of the initial registration, replaces the filter of the exhaust system, and does not expand its size or change its location. If a cigar lounge fails to have its registration renewed, its owner would not be permitted to register another cigar lounge. The bill shall take effect on the first day of the seventh month next following the date of enactment, but the Commissioner of Health may take any anticipatory administrative action in advance that is necessary for implementation.
2nd Reading in the Assembly, Commerce and Economic Development, Economic Growth, Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens, Passed Assembly
Referred to Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee  (on 12/15/2016)
 
 

Date Chamber Action Description
12/15/2016 S Referred to Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee
12/15/2016 S Reported from Senate Committee, 2nd Reading
12/15/2016 S Transferred to Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee
12/15/2016 Senate Community and Urban Affairs Hearing (13:00 12/15/2016 Committee Room 1, 1st Floor)
9/26/2016 S Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Economic Growth Committee
9/15/2016 A Passed by the Assembly (65-3-5)
9/8/2016 A Reported out of Assembly Comm. with Amendments, 2nd Reading
9/8/2016 Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Hearing (14:00 9/8/2016 Committee Room 16, Fourth Floor)
1/27/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 12/15/2016 Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee: Reported Favorably 4 0 1
Detail 9/15/2016 Assembly Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 65 3 12
Detail 9/8/2016 Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee: Reported with Amendments 9 1 2