We're one step closer to a smokefree Tennessee!
Publication Date: 5/9/2007Great news! Governor Bredesen's 100% smokefree legislation (House Bill 2336 and Senate Bill 2255) is ready to move forward. If passed, this legislation will make all public places and workplaces, including restaurants and bars, 100% smokefree.
This landmark bill will be up for a vote in the House Agriculture Committee and the Senate Commerce Committee next Tuesday, May 15th. Take action today to bring us one step closer to a smokefree Tennessee!
TAKE ACTION. It's easy! It involves a few simple steps.
Step 1: If your representative is a member of the House Agriculture Committee, call them today and ask them to PASS HB2336 OUT OF COMMITTEE, as is.
Not sure if your representative is on the House Agriculture Committee? The following elected officials are part of the committee. Thanks for calling them today!
Rep. Stratton Bone, Jr. (District 46 - Cannon, Trousdale and part of Wilson
Counties) -- (615) 741-7086
Rep. Willie "Butch" Borchett (District 75 - Henry, Benton and Stewart Counties) -- (615) 741-6804
Rep. Robert Bibb (District 66 - Robertson County) -- (615) 741-3979
Rep. William Baird (District 36 - Campbell and Union County) -- (615) 741-3335
Rep. Eddie Bass (District 65 - Giles and Marshall Counties) -- (615) 741-1864
Rep. Mike Bell (District 23 - McMinn and part of Monroe counties; Tellico Plains, Rural Vale, Coker Creek) -- (615) 741-1946
Rep. Chris Crider (District 79 - Gibson and part of Carroll Counties) -- (615) 741-7478
Rep. Bill Dunn (District 16 - Part of Knox County) -- (615) 741-1721
Rep. Robert Dale Ford (District 6 - Part of Washington and Hawkins Counties) -- (615) 741-1717
Rep. Delores Gresham (District 94 - Fayette and parts of Hardeman and Tipton Counties) -- (615) 741-6890
Rep. John Litz (District 10 - Hamblen County) -- (615) 741-6877
Rep. Ron Lollar (District 99 - Part of Shelby County) -- (615) 741-7084
Rep. Steve McDaniel (District 72 - Henderson, Chester and parts of Decatur and Wayne Counties) -- (615) 741-0750
Rep. Johnny Shaw (District 80 - Hardeman and part of Madison Counties) -- (615) 741-4538
Rep. Eric Swafford (District 25 - Cumberland and part of Bledsoe Counties) -- (615) 741-2343
Rep. Mary Wilder (District 89 - Part of Shelby County) -- (615) 741-2010
Rep. John Mark Windle (District 41 - Fentress, Morgan and Overton Counties) -- (615) 741-1260
Still not sure? Click on the following link to determine who your representative is: http://www.legislature.state.tn.us/House/Members/HMembers.htm#Find
Step 2: If your representative is a member of the Senate Commerce Committee, call them today and ask them to PASS SB2255 OUT OF COMMITTEE, as is.
Not sure if your representative is on the Senate Commerce Committee? The following elected officials are part of the committee. Thanks for calling them today!
Senator Steve Southerland (District 1 - Cocke, Greene, Hamblen, and Unicoi
Counties) -- (615) 741-3851
Senator Paul Stanley (District 31 - Part of Shelby County) -- (615) 741-3036
Senator Charlotte Burks (District 15 - Cumberland, Jackson, Overton, Pickett, Putnam, and White Counties) -- (615) 741-3978
Senator Ward Crutchfield (District 10 - Parts of Hamilton and Marion Counties) -- (615) 741-6682
Senator Tim Burchett (District 7 - Part of Knox County) -- (615) 741-1766
Senator Dewayne Bunch (District 9 -Bradley, McMinn, Meigs and Polk Counties) -- (615) 741-3730
Senator Mae Beavers (District 17 - Cannon, Clay, DeKalb, Macon, Smith, part of Sumner, Trousdale, and Wilson Counties) -- (615) 741-2421
Senator Reginald Tate (District 33 - Part of Shelby County) -- (615) 741-4158
Senator John Wilder (District 26 - Chester, Crockett, Fayette, Hardeman, Hardin, Haywood, McNairy, and Wayne Counties) -- (615) 741-2368
Still not sure? Click on the following link to determine who your state senator is: http://www.legislature.state.tn.us/senate/members/smembers.htm
The most important message is to SUPPORT HB2336/SB2255. Here are some talking points:
- Secondhand smoke kills. More than 1,000 Tennesseans die each year from secondhand smoke related diseases.
- Tennessee residents support and favor smokefree indoor air. More than 73% of Tennessee registered voters want to see Tennessee 100% smokefree!
- The U.S. Surgeon General concludes that there is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke. Not even ventilation or air cleaning technologies can eliminate the health risks caused by secondhand smoke.
- Everyone deserves the right to breathe 100% smokefree indoor air.
Step 3: ANR is keeping a running tally of how many people take action. Please send me an email at Frieda.Glantz@no-smoke.org if you take action. ANR loves to hear from our members.
Step 4: Attend the hearings! Grab a cup of coffee, and join Smokefree Tennessee at the committee hearings to show strong support for this historic legislation that supports all Tennessean workers, residents, and visitor's equal right to breathe 100% smokefree air indoors. Come to the Capitol on Tuesday, May 15th. Plan to be at the Capitol by 8:15 a.m. House Agriculture begins at 9:00 a.m. Senate Commerce will be at noon or shortly thereafter. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan on attending.
Together, we can make indoor tobacco smoke a thing of the past, and smokefree living Tennessee's future.
Frieda at ANR