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The April 6 issues round-up includes information on state budget hearings, repeal of 1099 requirements, the State Lodging Contract program, Sick Leave Mandate, a clarification on using electronic cigarettes indoors, and room tax reform. To access the full copy of the e-mail, click the April 6 link here. This page is password protected for lodging members only. To get help logging in, email Michelle in the WH&LA office or call 262/782-2851.

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On Friday, the state Department of Justice released an “Advisory Memorandum” on the new state of Wisconsin Smoking Ban, which went into effect yesterday, July 5.

While a number of components in this 9-page document are already covered in WH&LA’s Smoking Ban Guide for Lodging Properties, there are a few points with more guidance than we have previously found from the state. To read more, visit the WH&LA Legislative Archive and click the July 6 link to the full text of this Legislative Brief (password required).

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In addition to WH&LA’s Smoking Ban Guide for Lodging Properties sent to members a few weeks ago, there are new resources and interpretations now available from the state.

Latest State-Provided Resources
Each of the following resources can be viewed and/or downloaded from WH&LA’s Smoking Ban Resource page.

1. A new six-page “Wisconsin Legislative Council Information Memorandum – Smoking Ban” was written earlier this month and released this week. While it is not specific to lodging properties, it does reinforce and address a number of the components in the WH&LAs Guide.

2. “Clarification of the role of the Department of Commerce,” which is limited to rules on specifications for “No Smoking Signs,” is now posted at their Web site.

3. The Department of Health Services (DHS) was directed to provide information on smoke-free efforts, including resources encouraging employees and others to cease smoking in general. The following are the materials they are distributing in collaboration with Smoke-Free Wisconsin and other public health organizations:
-DHS Secretary’s letter
-flyers about the ban for employees
-strategies for employers to help employees wishing to quit smoking
-flyer advising customers about the statewide ban.

4. Basic no smoking symbol signage. This signage is without the enhanced language on WH&LA’s signage that includes actions that may be taken by the lodging property, like assessing fees for cleaning rooms where smoking has taken place.

WH&LA Resources
The following WH&LA resources on the Smoking Ban were previously released to lodging members and continue to be available for download from WH&LA’s Smoking Ban Resource page.

1. WH&LA Smoking Ban Guide for Lodging Properties, for properties that currently provide smoking sleeping rooms of any quantity

2. WH&LA Smoking Ban Guide for Smoke-Free Lodging Properties, with special information for properties that are already smoke-free

3. WH&LA Suggested Signage, available in full-page, half-page and quarter-page sizes

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We are pleased to provide to members three new resources specifically relating to the State Smoking Ban which goes into effect July 5th throughout the state. All of the following resources are available at the WH&LA Smoking Ban Resource page.

  1. The WH&LA Smoking Ban Guide for Wisconsin Lodging Properties. This Guide provides all lodging properties with the information needed to comply with the new Smoking Ban Law, as well as implications unique to lodging that you will need to consider and prepare for as a result of the Law
  2. The WH&LA Smoking Ban Guide – for Smoke-Free Lodging Properties. This version covers just the information that is pertinent to properties that are already “Smoke-Free”. These properties will still have new obligations and considerations under the Smoking Ban Law, so it is important to review this information if you are already Smoke-Free.
  3. Sample Smoking Ban Signage. With language and a design approved by the Department of Commerce, the entity responsible for rules on signage for the smoking ban, this will inform guests of the new law as well as the penalties and actions the law requires. It is designed to be placed in your lobby area near or at the Front Desk, to ensure guests can see it, in compliance with the new law. The suggested signage is available in full-page, half-page, and quarter-page formats to allow properties to have signs printed in the size you prefer. These signs can also be placed in the sleeping rooms for more specific clarification in addition to the standard no-smoking symbol signage that can be purchased from vendors. (If you are having difficulty printing in the specified sizes, please check your print settings)

In addition, we have updated the WH&LA Member “Rate Card” to now include the new pertinent Smoking Ban language. This includes the other state statutes that should be clearly posted in every room, and can conveniently be copied/printed for the back of your room/unit doors. All rooms/units are required to post their rates in a minimum of 12 point type, which is considered a standard visible type size. That is why the statutes are noted in 12 point type as well, to provide you with properly sized wording for your protection.

You will need your User ID & Password to access the above materials, please contact the WH&LA office for assistance if needed.

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On Tuesday, May 25th, we hosted an information-packed webinar featuring WI Legislative Council Deputy Director Laura Rose and Senior Staff Attorney Richard Sweet along with WH&LA’s own Trisha Pugal.

All three shared excellent information with attendees including:

  • Minimum distances from entrances required for smoking outdoors
  • Definitions of ‘enclosed place’, ‘substantial wall’ and ‘roof’
  • Signage requirements
  • Suggestions for handling charge-backs on smoking charges
  • Requirements of lodging operators & more!

If you missed the presentation, members can access a recording here.  (You will need your Member ID & Password to access, please contact the WH&LA office at service@wisconsinlodging.org for assistance.)

Special thanks again to our co-sponsor, P&G ProLine.

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Wisconsin’s Smoking Ban: Interpretations & Implications for Lodging Properties
Tuesday, May 25th
1:30 PM

Cost
$15 for WH&LA lodging members
$100 for all others

What you’ll learn:

  • What lodging property owner/operators are required to do under the new smoking ban law
  • What steps must be taken if smoking is witnesses indoors
  • Who will oversee compliance with the ban
  • Answers to questions about guests smoking on balconies, decks and patios
  • What type of signage must be posted
  • The “do’s & don’ts” of matches and ashtrays – especially regarding in-unit fireplaces
  • Legal obligations in converting rooms/units currently designated as smoking units
  • & more!

Presenters
State of Wisconsin Legislative Council Deputy Director Laura D. Rose
Senior Staff Attorney Richard Sweet
Moderator: WH&LA President/CEO Trisha Pugal

Download the registration flyer or register online here. Questions? Please contact Denise at service@WisconsinLodging.org.

Co-sponsored by Proctor & Gamble ProLine.

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Now that the Legislative Session has ended, all the bills WIA has been carefully tracking have either passed or failed. Check out the WIA Legislative Tracker, complete with end-of-session updates and a short synopsis of each bill to see what may affect your property.

Got questions? Contact the WIA office at 262/782-2851.

WIA Member lodging properties must use their user ID and password to view the info in the link above. Forgot your password? E-mail Michelle in the WIA office.

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With the state legislature adjourning early this morning (actually earlier yesterday afternoon for the state Senate) concluding regular business for its two-year session, many bills failed because they did not pass both the Assembly and the Senate in time.

WIA has highlighted the final status of a number of bills of interest to the lodging industry, as well as a number of bills that were today sent to the Governor’s desk for his determination whether to sign them into law or let them expire without action. (continue reading)

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Interested in hearing the latest information on issues impacting the lodging industry that are still under consideration at the state Capitol for the last day of legislative session tomorrow?

For the key bills that will matter to you, such as Regional Transit Authorities, Smoking on Balconies outside sleeping rooms/units, Allowed Distance for TOD Signs for your property, Private Septic System Requirements, a proposed New Hire Tax Benefit for Small Businesses, and your rights as an employer in your meetings with employees during unionization efforts, you will not only hear developments from the past two days since our last Brief, but also learn who you should contact to have your voice heard NOW! (continue reading)

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This week is the last week of regular session for both the state Senate and state Assembly for the two-year legislative session, meaning the 698 Senate bills and 961 Assembly bills introduced to date must have had public hearings by their assigned committees and have passed both houses by adjournment this Thursday in order to survive and be sent to the Governor to sign into law…

There are so many issues that WIA is tracking and working on for your behalf (over 90 issues and over 150 bills), but the following are a few still in the works that you may find of interest…(continue reading)

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