Skip to comments.Michigan Passes State Smoking Ban
Posted on 12/11/2009 2:10:09 PM PST by arealconservativeforachange
Michigan's state Senate and House passed a smoking ban that will make indoor smoking illegal, save for gambling areas, cigar bars and cigar shops. The measure, HB 4377, passed by a vote of 24 to 13 in the Senate and was overwhelmingly approved by the House in a vote of 75 to 30.
The legislation will become law when Gov. Jennifer Granholm signs it; she has come out in favor of such legislation, according to press reports from Michigan. The law will go into effect May 1.
Exemptions to the legislation include cigar bars, tobacco stores and casinos. A smoking ban had been in the works for years. "The bill was a product of compromise and support from several different major entities in the state, including the casino and health lobby, and the International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers association and the Cigar Association of America," said Chris McCalla, legislative director of the IPCPR. "The bill also had the support of most IPCPR retailers in the state. Without this compromise bill, we would have most likely faced a difficult, costly, and likely loss in fighting a no-exemptions smoking ban bill that would have gone to a ballot vote in 2010."
At least you kept your cigar bars.
Nanny State out of control!
I guess the real question is where outside of the Middle East is public smoking still allowed?
...meanwhile, Michigan is sliding deeper in to recession, there is corruption at every level, businesses are fleeing in droves - good to know that the Michigan Legislature has their priorities in order. :D
Uh, guess who’s exempted from the ban? Casinos.
Guess who benefits from casino profits? Gubbermint. How ‘bout that?
I don’t smoke, and I don’t like to be around a lot of people who are smoking.
But, dammit, quit taking away our liberty!
OK, they can make smoking essentially illegal at their call, and, for questionable reasons, but so it goes.
Now, how about making taxes on tobacco illegal?
More freedoms taken away. Thank you Granholm and company.
The dirty azzwipes now have it illegal to smoke in your own home in some areas.
This dam government has to be stopped-NOW!
After all, she's been blowing smoke up Michigan's ___ for years!
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Stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid.
1. How and why did a liberal deep blue state like MI take so long to pass a smoker ban? They obviously believe that coercing people to conform to the elitist State is a legitimate government function.
2. How long will this brilliant piece of legislation take to lower the unemployment rate? This solves everything.
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Well, it appears that these democraps have found another way to make establishments lose business, ie bars!
Check out how this article was written:
The ban takes effect in May and applies to all bars, restaurants and workplaces, except for cigar bars, tobacco specialty stores, home offices, motor vehicles and three Detroit casinos.
Isn’t it great?!
The Government didn’t pass a ban in HOME OFFICES and PRIVATE motor vehicles! - Aren’t they swell/sarc
That article was written on the 10th - those two potential ‘private domain’ ban areas have been scrubbed by the press in further articles.(don’t let the cat out of the bag on their full intentions)
They are really looking out for the best interest of all Americans/ huge sarc.
Just wait until the government starts regulating water and CO2......never mind.......I wonder what’s on TV tonight?
This dam government has to be stopped-NOW!
Agreed! Hey, did you hear on Beck tonight that the fed have put together legislation that will enable them to own all the inland waterways, lakes, streams, swamps, wetlands, & rivers?
You can say it again... this government has to be stopped!
So where does this leave private property owners like home owners? I just don’t understand why government would impose a smoking ban and then expect to get even more tax money from the use of tobacco. Maybe I’m just to dense to “get it.”
If the elitist DemocRats in government succeed in taking over healthcare, they’ll be taxing and then outlawing anything and everything that ‘they consider’ to be unhealthy....even while they continue to indulge in whatever their black hearts please. Wait till they ban alcohol sales. They’ve already demonized trans-fats and made the fast-food industry lick their jackboots. It will never end. Unless we end it.
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