13.1306 Violation of chapter—Fine—Authority for enforcement by police and public health—Nuisance.

(a) A person who smokes in an area where smoking is prohibited by the provisions of the Act shall be guilty of an infraction, punishable by a fine not exceeding fifty dollars ($50).

(b) A person who owns, manages, operates, or otherwise controls a public place or place of employment and who fails to comply with the provisions of this act shall be guilty of an infraction, punishable by:

(1) A fine not exceeding one hundred dollars ($100) for a first violation.

(2) A fine not exceeding two hundred dollars ($200) for each additional violation within one (1) year.

(c) In addition to the fines established by this Section, violation of this Act by a person who owns, manages, operates, or otherwise controls a public place or place of employment may result in the suspension or revocation of any permit or license issued to the person for the premises on which the violation occurred.

(d) Department of Public Safety law enforcement officers, and Department of Health employees, designated by the Director of the department, shall enforce this section by issuing a citation, which shall be substantially in the same form as the “Uniform Traffic Ticket and Complaint—Summons” set forth in 22.0807 and following the procedure set forth in A.S.C.A. Title 22, Chapter 08, as applicable, when such officer, official or employee, based upon his personal investigation, and/or observance, has reasonable and probable grounds to believe that the person has committed an offense under a provision of this chapter. The Director of Public Health may authorize employees within the Department of Health to issue citations under this title as necessary, provided that any person so authorized has the training and experience necessary to perform the job as determined in consultation with the Attorney General.

(e) Violation of the Act is hereby declared to be a public nuisance, which may be abated by the Department of Health by restraining order, preliminary and permanent injunction, or other means provided for by law, and the territory may take action to recover the costs of the nuisance abatement.

(f) Each day on which a violation of this Act occurs shall be considered a separate and distinct violation.

History: 2010, PL 31-24