Statewide smoking ban moves forward
Publication Date: 2005-03-17
- Author:JOHN HARRINGTON
- Publication:Helena Independent Record
Bars and casinos that are open only to adults and that claim 60 percent or more of their gross revenue from alcohol and gambling would have the four-year sunset period...
Notably absent from the list of groups behind the bill is the American
Cancer Society. Because the bill pre-empts local laws until 2009,
spokeswoman Kristin Page Nei said, it doesn't meet that group's standards.
"The American Cancer Society has a longstanding position on pre-emption, and we cannot support anything that would prevent communities from protecting themselves from secondhand smoke," she said. "Also, just because the pre-emption sunsets in four years, there's no guarantee that someone won't come back and try to extend that or lop off the pre-emption."