VETOED	DATE: 09/28/2012

To the Members of the California State Assembly:

I am returning Assembly Bill 217 without my signature.

This bill seeks to eliminate one of several statutory exceptions to
the general prohibition on indoor smoking in the workplace.
Specifically, AB 217 would ban all indoor smoking, and also restrict
outdoor smoking, at nursing homes and similar facilities.

While health and safety considerations must prevail, to the extent a
resident's preferences can be accommodated, they should. Allowing an
elderly resident, who can't go home and who has smoked for a
lifetime, to smoke in a designated indoor area during inclement
weather ? this sounds reasonable to me. Let's rely on the locals, in
this case the facility and its residents and employees, to figure out
which accommodations work or don't work.


Edmund G. Brown Jr.