Monday, February 25, 2008

Up in smoke?

Whatever happened to the smoking ban that the Pennsylvania Legislature was going to enact in 2007? We're into February and there's hardly a peep out of Harrisburg about enacting the ban, which Gov. Rendell said he would sign into law.

Mike Spohn at the Open Mike blog writes about the foot-dragging in the state Legislature.

"The issue isn't about your right to smoke. The issue is the health and well-being of those around you and the nonsmoking employees who work in such places day after day," Spohn writes. "I hate walking into a restaurant knowing that as soon as the doors open, the odor of smoke will come wafting toward me and cling to my clothes the way trouble clings to Britney Spears."

I'm not sure where the bill stands, but I recall special interest groups trying to water down the bill last year before it was sent back to committee, where bills are often sent to die.

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