Elephant Ears

This blog is dedicated to the political happenings in the Valley and Southwest Virginia. As the the name implies, this blog will have posts based on what is heard by this elephant's (GOPer's) ears. It is also a great treat to get while at the county fair or a carnival.

Friday, February 03, 2006

Smoking Ban Bill

The RTD is reporting that a indoor smoking ban proposed by Brandon Bell has passed committee in the Senate. It now goes to the full Senate for a vote. The 5 Senators voting against it in Committee were Houck, Martin, Newman, Ruff and Rerras. Good for those guys.
I have always believed it should be solely up to the owner of a facility at regulating smoking in indoor establishments, not the government.
Hopefully this bill will ultimately fail.


  • At 2/03/2006 12:54 PM, Blogger Hirons said…

    Amen! I'm not a smoker, never was, don't care do be around smoking, but I couldn't agree with you more. If smoking is legal - the Government should be very cautious with bans to where a person can and cannot smoke. I'm sick of the fad legisation that every city and state seems to be adopting regarding bans of smoking in resturants.

  • At 2/03/2006 2:15 PM, Blogger Politicl.Animal said…

    I'll chime in here too, I think smoking bans should be left up to the owners of the establishments.

    If we can justify banning smoking based on the health risks, then we're not too far from banning drinking and obesity.

  • At 2/03/2006 3:19 PM, Blogger Virginia Centrist said…

    Philsophically, I'm strongly against this...

    But, as a non-smoker, I can't say I'd shed any tears if it passed.

    Never happen in Virginia...

  • At 2/03/2006 3:42 PM, Blogger GOPHokie said…

    A similar bill was proposed last year and it failed.
    I would expect the same thing again.
    Glad to see agreement from the left, middle and right on this one.

  • At 2/03/2006 4:08 PM, Blogger Not Larry Sabato said…

    I'm giving this bill a thumbs up.

    By the way, if you ever need to AIM me, my screen name is nonsmokr79

  • At 2/05/2006 4:26 PM, Blogger J.Sarge said…

    Not a fan of this type of legislation myself. It is not without its merits, but the tobacco industry gets dumped on enough as it is.

    Either outlaw smoking or don't. Regulating to the point of insignificance is weak.

    If nonsmoking bars are really so great, then the market will drive them in that direction anyway (see Zocolo in C'ville).


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