From a Campaign for Smokefree Air press release….
Granholm once again calls on lawmakers to enact smokefree legislation in her State of the State address
LANSING, Mich. –During her State of the State address, Gov. Jennifer Granholm, once again, strongly urged Michigan lawmakers to pass comprehensive smokefree workplace legislation.
“We again applaud the governor’s comments tonight and her support for smokefree air,” said Susan Schechter, CSA spokesperson and director of advocacy at the American Lung Association of Michigan. “Many lawmakers have done their research and know that in 2006 U.S. Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona released a report stating the only way to protect Americans from secondhand smoke is through comprehensive smokefree workplace legislation and policies. It’s time for lawmakers to stop dancing around the issue and finally listen to the state’s leader as well as their constituents and pass comprehensive smokefree air legislation this year.”
With a new term beginning, there has been a groundswell of support from lawmakers, evident by the four bills that have been introduced thus far from both chambers. In addition to the bills, a Smokefree Air Caucus, led by long-time smokefree air supporter Sen. Ray Basham (D-Taylor), Rep. Joan Bauer
(D-Lansing), Sen. Roger Kahn (R-Saginaw Twp.) and Rep. Paul Scott (R-Grand Blanc) is being developed within the legislature. The caucus will be bicameral and bipartisan and will ask lawmakers to sign a pledge to work on smokefree air legislation.
The Governor once again made a call to action on smokefree legislation during her annual speech. The governor also called for lawmakers to act in 2007.
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