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Smoking ban to be an amendment on another bill later on

Publication Date: 5/12/2011
  • Author:Karen Brooks
  • Publication:Dallas Morning News

Rep. Myra Crownover, R-Denton, postponed her smoking ban bill tonight and is going to add it as an amendment to another bill later.

"I think it's time for a little smoke break," she told House members. "A temporary one. Out of respect for all the bills on the calendar ... We have a very, very important bill that will save millions of dollars and thousands of Texas lives, but there is a better vehicle for this bill coming up."

"It will be back. There is a better vehicle. Good luck in passing your bills."

Smoke-Free Texas issued the following statement from Melinda Little, Smoke-Free Texas co-chair:

"Smoke-Free Texas remains committed to passing comprehensive smoke-free workplace legislation. Comprehensive workplace laws save thousands of lives and millions of taxpayer dollars. We thank Rep. Crownover for her tireless and continued leadership on this issue.""

Tireless and continued indeed. Crownover's been trying to pass this for years.