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Bill lets California landlords ban smoking in units

2:29 PM, May 9, 2011   |    comments
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SACRAMENTO, CA (AP) -- The state Senate has approved a bill that would let landlords ban smoking on their properties, including inside rental units.

Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Los Angeles,  says there is no prohibition on landlords prohibiting smoking, but his bill specifically makes it clear they have that power under California law.

Padilla said his measure is designed to give families more smoke-free options. The bill, SB 332, is supported by the California Apartment Association.

It passed the Senate on a 33-2 vote Monday without debate. It now goes to the Assembly.

Padilla's office says more than 30 percent of California's housing is apartments and condominiums. He argued secondhand smoke can travel between the units through open windows and doors, shared ventilation systems, crawl spaces and other gaps in buildings.

The Associated Press

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