I mentioned this in a comment earlier in the week, but since WLAJ did a story on it last night, I thought I’d give the topic it’s own post. Word on the street is the House is going to vote on the “clean” version of the smoking bill sometime before the November elections.
House democrats tell us while negotiations are ongoing right now, they hope to have the reconciled version of the smoking ban signed into law by the November election.
I really would like to see a smoking ban pass, but I’m not in favor of a 100% clean bill. The ONLY exception should be for cigar/tobacco shops. Employees know what they’re getting in to there. Casino’s should not be exempted and there needs to be a way to make sure Indian Casino’s aren’t exempted as well. There’s a lawsuit working it’s way through the courts that would require Indian Casino’s to purchase liquor license. HB 4163 should include language mandating that establishments purchasing a liquor license must be smoke free. That way, should the courts ever decide, it would force Indian casino’s to go smoke free as well. That will take away the so-called advantage.
On the web. HB 4163