Title 23
Health and Safety

Chapter 20.10
Public Health and Workplace Safety Act

R.I. Gen. Laws § 23-20.10-6.1

§ 23-20.10-6.1. Pari mutual facilities.

(a) Any pari mutual facility established under chapter 3.1 or 7 of title 41 or any pari mutual licensee under chapter 61.2 of title 42 shall provide designated smoking and nonsmoking gaming areas in their facilities.

(b) The designated nonsmoking gaming area shall be physically separated from any smoking area and shall be required to have separate and distinct ventilation systems so as to prohibit the migration of smoke into the nonsmoking area.

(c) Except as provided for in paragraph (d), any bar or restaurant located in a pari mutual facility shall be nonsmoking and be physically separate from any smoking area and shall have a separate ventilation system so as to prohibit the migration of smoke into the restaurant.

(d) The prohibitions of this chapter shall not apply to any bar which is presently in existence, located in, and not physically separated from a designated smoking area.

(e) Any licensee of a pari mutual facility shall promulgate rules and regulations to allow their employees the right to work in a smoke free environment. These rules shall include, but not be limited to, provisions on the right to opt out of working in a smoking area and a provision that no adverse impact or action could take place against the employee if they request to opt out of a smoking area. The rules promulgated by the licensee shall be filed with the lottery commission with copies to the general assembly and the department of health no later than March 1, 2005.

(f) Commencing January 1, 2005, any pari mutual licensee shall file an annual report with the lottery commission with copies to the general assembly and department of health detailing smoke mitigation efforts undertaken by the licensee during the previous year and plans for the upcoming year. The licensee shall be required to monitor air quality with current appropriate technology. A professional HVAC engineer (or other appropriate professional) shall certify the monitoring process and results. The results of the monitoring process shall be included in the annual report.

(g) Any enactment relating to the provisions of this section on pari mutual facilities or licensees shall be by statute as enacted by the general assembly, provided however that the general assembly may by statute delegate such authority to the cities and towns.

History of Section.
P.L. 2004, ch. 198, § 2; P.L. 2004, ch. 209, § 2.