Finance and Administration Cabinet
Most state facilities to be smoke free August
FRANKFORT, Ky.—Governor Ernie Fletcher today signed an executive order that will prohibit smoking in state government offices and common areas occupied by the executive branch beginning August 1.
Pursuant to HB 55, enacted by 2006 General Assembly, the executive order bans smoking in office buildings and common areas occupied by executive branch employees.
This ban excludes offices occupied by legislative and judicial branch employees. Prior to the passage of HB 55 and the execution of this executive order, the state was required to provide access to indoor smoking facilities in office buildings occupied by executive branch employees.
The executive order applies to all buildings solely occupied by executive branch cabinets. Examples of facilities that will be affected by this smoking ban include:
• Capitol Annex Building (offices and common areas occupied by executive branch employees);
• Cabinet for Health and Family Services facilities;
• Transportation Cabinet facilities, including district offices;
• Local Offices including Social Services, Workforce Development, Revenue, etc.;
• State Office Building;
• Capital Plaza Tower;
• Governor’s Mansion;
• State Lab;
• State Parks (applies to all common areas and non-smoking guest rooms); and
• All state correctional facilities, with the exception of Eddyville, the state’s only maximum security prison.
The smoking ban does NOT apply to:
• Offices occupied by the Legislative Research Commission;
• Offices occupied by judicial branch employees; and
• Offices occupied by constitutional officers and staff.