House Votes On Smokefree Workplaces Bill

In Local News, State News on February 17, 2009 at 8:47 am

The House passed HB 1213 on second reading yesterday. Here’s a link to the amended bill as it now stands.

Representatives did remove the preemption clause, which would have prohibited local governments from passing stronger smokefree workplace laws than the state law. However, they added exemptions for nursing homes and racinos.

They also added this phrasing:

Abstaining from tobacco use is preferred, encouraged, and supported over the use of tobacco. … The dignity and value of an individual are not diminished if the individual chooses to use tobacco.

The next step is the third reading of the bill and a vote from the full House. That could happen today.

We are still supporting the passage of this bill in hopes we can strengthen it in Senate committee. However, if the exemptions are not removed, we will oppose it because it is such a weak bill. Please continue to contact your legislators in both the House and Senate. I gave you Rep. Messmer’s contact information in yesterday’s entry. You can email Sen. Hume through his website.


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