State Attorney General’s Office Cited
PITTSBURGH (AP) _ The highest law enforcement agency in the state was cited Tuesday for violating the city’s new no-smoking ordinance.
Code enforcement officers cited the state attorney general’s regional office in the for failing to post no-smoking signs in its downtown building. The officers were dispatched in response to complaints received by telephone, officials said.
The city ordinance, which took effect Saturday, restricts smoking in work places and other public buildings. Under the law, no-smoking signs must be displayed in smoke-free areas.
Don Minahan, chief deputy attorney general in the regional office, said the state questions the city’s jurisdiction over state property. Minahan, who quit smoking two years ago, said he has referred the matter to the central attorney general’s office in Harrisburg for review.
As a first-time offender, the attorney general’s office can contest the citation or pay a $50 fine plus $23.50 in costs.