Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Rep. Wieckert and Sen. Risser respond

Rep. Wieckert:
-bill doesn't attempt to influence smokers
-bill protects those who do not smoke from SHS, which the CDC identifies as harmful indoors
-bill asks smokers to take it outdoors
-at one point it was ok to drink and drive - until the science showed it was harmful to the public - not allowing drinking and driving could also be construed as a taking away of rights

Sen. Risser:
-government has a role to ensure safe working environments
-this is why the bill extends to restaurants and bars - they are workplaces too

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