Smoking foes to try again for ban
Publication Date: 2006-12-04
- Author:Herman Wang
- Publication:Chattanooga (TN) Times & Free Press
One proposal would affect all indoor public places; another would affect all state owned or operated buildings.
After a year when several anti-smoking bills were snuffed out in the Tennessee General Assembly, sponsors and supporters of the legislation say they are optimistic about their chances in the coming session.
"Its a new day. I do think theres a new era on the horizon," said Sen.-elect Paul Stanley, R-Germantown, who, as a House member this year, sponsored a bill that would ban smoking in all buildings owned or operated by the state, indoor public places and enclosed areas of employment.
The measure was one of several tobacco-related bills that died in the House Agriculture Committee.
Another, less far-reaching bill that banned smoking only in state-owned or operated buildings passed the Senate but never came up for a vote in the House.
Chastity Mitchell, a lobbyist for Campaign for a Healthy and Responsible Tennessee, a consortium of state health groups, said the political climate is improving for antismoking legislation, particularly as the House Agriculture Committee will have a new chairman with the retirement of Rep. Eugene Davidson, DAdams.