Archive for Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Opinions differ over smoking ban

Local legislators were on hand to answer questions Friday at the second of three legislative updates at the Carnegie Arts Center in Leavenworth. Pictured from left are Sen. Kelly Kultala, R-Kansas City, and state Reps. Connie O’Brien, R-Tonganoxie, Marti Crow, D-Leavenworth, and Melanie Meier, D-Leavenworth.

Local legislators were on hand to answer questions Friday at the second of three legislative updates at the Carnegie Arts Center in Leavenworth. Pictured from left are Sen. Kelly Kultala, R-Kansas City, and state Reps. Connie O’Brien, R-Tonganoxie, Marti Crow, D-Leavenworth, and Melanie Meier, D-Leavenworth.

March 10, 2010

The Legislature’s recent vote that would ban smoking statewide in public places had some people at Friday’s legislative update in Leavenworth fired up.

State Sen. Kelly Kultala, D-Kansas City, Reps. Connie O’Brien, R-Tonganoxie, Melanie Meier, D-Leavenworth, and Marti Crow, D-Leavenworth, fielded questions at the second of three legislative updates at the Carnegie Arts Center.

The legislators fielded questions and comments from a group of roughly 30 people at the event, many of which centered around the smoking ban.

One audience member said he never smoked in his life, but said there needed to be a level playing field, that the ban needed to include casinos, racetracks and private clubs as well.

O’Brien was the only legislator in the group who opposed the ban.

“I opposed the smoking ban because of the exemptions,” she said. “If you’re going to have a smoking ban, it needs to be a smoking ban.”

Crow said she thought there would be revisions to the ban as time goes on and that she voted for it because she heard from several constituents who wanted the ban.

Kultala pointed to the health care costs that come with smoking, noting an estimated $176 million in health care costs would be saved. Asked how much revenue in cigarette tax would be lost, she said it was much less.

Another person attending the update was a business owner who has patrons who smoke. He said he was disappointed in those who voted for the ban. He noted installing $13,000 in ventilation equipment to improve the air quality that will be a waste of money once the ban goes into effect.

Other topics were discussed during the update, including revenues for February being down $71 million.

The final Chambers of Commerce in Leavenworth County legislative update will be 4 p.m. Friday, April 16.

Comments

generalsn 4 years, 1 month ago

It a shame that bar owners aren't aware of how lived these paid ban lobbyists are. That's how they got our Illinois ban. We had the lax attitude, "California, land of fruits and nuts, good for them. No way it will happen here" Now many local bars have to ingnore the ban just to stay in business. You snooze, you lose.

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gene 4 years, 1 month ago

It's a shame the infamous spammer "generalsn" can't leave a single message board in the country free of his illiterate appeals for people to break the law.

Google him.

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