Kansas' new smokefree law is under attack!
Publication Date: 2010-03-23
The ink is barely dry on the Kansas Indoor Clean Air Act, and pro-tobacco forces are already trying to substantially undermine the new law.
In a last-ditch effort to undo the hard work of smokefree advocates, certain members of the Kansas House of Representatives have introduced another bill that would greatly weaken the new law and expand smoking in public places.
Among other things, the new bill--House Substitute for Senate Bill 342--would:
- Permit smoking in bars
- Include a special-interest exemption for certain "cigar dinners" and other "smoking events"
- Delay implementation from July 1, 2010 until January 2, 2011
These proposed changes would significantly reduce the public health benefits Kansans celebrated when Governor Parkinson signed House Bill 2221 into law last week.
The pro-tobacco members of the House of Representatives have attempted to ambush smokefree advocates by scheduling House Substitute for Senate Bill 342 for debate on the House floor today, Tuesday, March 23rd. Don't let them silence your voice!
Please contact your State Represenative NOW and tell them that you want to keep the Kansas Indoor Clean Air Act strong. Ask them to vote NO on House Substitute for SB 342 in order for the law to take effect on July 1st without any additional exemptions for bars and special interests.
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