We Don’t Want A Partial Smoking Ban

In State News on April 7, 2009 at 8:42 am

There is only one calendar week left potentially for committee hearings, and three weeks left of the legislative session after this week. It is very important to reach out to members of the Indiana Senate and the Indiana House in your area and let them know that we all OPPOSE HB1213 in its current form and want them to vote against this legislation unless it is comprehensive and covers all workers from on-the-job exposure to secondhand smoke.

We want to move forward with a comprehensive smokefree workplace law, but only a true, effective and comprehensive smokefree workplace law that protects all workers, and HB1213 in its present form is not it. It can be amended in the Senate Commerce, Public Policy, and Interstate Cooperation committee to become comprehensive, but there is not yet a majority of committee members who support making it comprehensive. If your state senator is on this list, reach out to that member today to ask him or her to support an amendment that would make HB1213 comprehensive and oppose moving forward with HB 1213 in its present form [not comprehensive].

Senate Commerce Committee members are listed here.

Even if you already have made contact with your members of the Indiana General Assembly, contact them again to ask them to oppose a partial smokefree law that fails to protect the most exposed to secondhand smoke — such as bar and casino workers, who also are the least protected by voluntary policies and at higher risk for heart disease, lung cancer and respiratory problems.

If you’re not sure who your legislators are, you can go to this website to find out who they are. You can call Sen. Hume, who covers Daviess and Pike counties at 812-459-0548 or email


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