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COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE

FOR

Senate Bill No. 408

(By Senators Burdette, Mr. President, Wooton, Sharpe,

Chafin, Minard and Whitlow)

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[Originating in the Committee on the Judiciary;

reported March 1, 1994.]

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A BILL to amend article nine-a, chapter sixteen of the code of West Virginia, one thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as amended, by adding thereto a new section, designated section seven, relating to enforcement of youth smoking laws by the division of public safety; random inspections to test compliance; use of persons under eighteen years by law- enforcement authorities with parental consent; penalties; defenses; and providing for annual reports on such enforcement and compliance activities.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That article nine-a, chapter sixteen of the code of West Virginia, one thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as amended, be amended by adding thereto a new section, designated section seven, to read as follows:
ARTICLE 9A. TOBACCO USAGE RESTRICTIONS.

§16-9A-7. Enforcement of youth smoking laws; random inspections;
use of minors in inspections; annual reports; penalties defenses.
(a) The division of public safety, acting with and through the sheriffs of the counties of this state and the chiefs of police of municipalities of this state, shall annually conduct random, unannounced inspections at locations where tobacco products are sold or distributed to ensure compliance with the provisions of sections two and three of this article. Persons under the age of eighteen years may be enlisted by such superintendent, sheriffs or chiefs of police or employees thereof to test compliance with these sections: Provided, That the minors may be used to test compliance only if the testing is conducted under the direct supervision of the superintendent, sheriffs or chiefs of police or employees thereof and written consent of the parent or guardian of such person is first obtained. It is unlawful for any person to use persons under the age of eighteen years to test compliance in any manner not set forth herein and the person so using a minor is guilty of a misdemeanor, and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined the same amounts as set forth in section two of this article.
(b) A person charged with a violation of section two or three of this article as the result of a random inspection under subsection (a) of this section has a complete defense if, at the time the cigarette or other tobacco product or cigarette wrapper was sold, delivered, bartered, furnished or given:
(1) the buyer or recipient falsely evidenced that he was eighteen years of age or older;
(2) The appearance of the buyer or recipient was such thata prudent person would believe the buyer or recipient to be eighteen years of age or older; and
(3) Such person carefully checked a driver's license or an identification card issued by this state or another state of the United States, a passport or a United States armed services identification card presented by the buyer or recipient and acted in good faith and in reliance upon the representation and appearance of the buyer or recipient in the belief that the buyer or recipient was eighteen years of age or older.
(c) Any fine collected after a conviction of violating either section two or three of this article shall be paid to the clerk of the court in which the conviction was obtained. The clerk of the court upon receiving the fine shall promptly notify the superintendent of the division of public safety of the conviction and the collection of the fine.
(d) The superintendent of the division of public safety shall prepare and submit to the governor on the first day of May of each year a report of the enforcement and compliance activities undertaken pursuant to this section and the results of the same. The report shall be on a form that the governor may submit to the secretary of the United States department of health and human services, in compliance with Section 1926, Subpart I, Part B, Title XIX of the federal Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 300x-26).


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(NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to provide for random inspection of places where tobacco products are sold, by state and local law-enforcement authorities, to enforce youth smokinglaws, and to test compliance with such laws. With parental consent, persons under 18 years old may be enlisted by law- enforcement authorities to test compliance with such laws. The department of public safety is to report annually to the governor on such enforcement and compliance testing activities, and the governor is to report on such efforts to the federal Secretary of Health and Human Services, in accordance with applicable federal law.)

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