Gov. Mike Beebe signed the "Clean Air on Campus Act of 2009" on Wednesday, initiating a statewide tobacco ban at public institutions of higher education. The law will take effect August 1, 2010.
The Act can be viewed online at http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/assembly/2009/R/Acts/Act734.pdf.
The law defines "campus" as "all property, including buildings and grounds that are owned or operated by a state-supported institution of higher education." Violators may face fines ranging from $100 to $500.
Act 734, originally House Bill 2007, was introduced March 6. The House passed it March 19 with a vote of 68-26-6, and the Senate passed it March 30 with a vote of 34-0-1, according to the Arkansas General Assembly Web site.