Archive for Friday, February 5, 2010

Statehouse Live: Parkinson criticizes House smoking bill as “fraud”

February 5, 2010, 11:57 a.m. Updated February 5, 2010, 11:57 a.m.


— Gov. Mark Parkinson on Friday said he would veto a House bill that would ban smoking in indoor public places but allow numerous exemptions.

Parkinson called House Bill 2642 “a ridiculous piece of public policy that is nothing but a fraud.”

Parkinson has called for a strong statewide ban on smoking in public places like one already approved by the Senate.

The House bill will have a hearing next week. In addition to allowing exemptions, the bill would also overturn local anti-smoking ordinances, such as the one in Lawrence.


truman1902 8 years, 3 months ago

Ahhhh..At least THIS governor knows a bad bill when he sees one..Dear sponsors of the proposed semi-ban:::You're 400+ million $$$$$$$ in the RED!! What part of CRISIS do you NOT understand!! Get REAL and solve this issue--THIS session, and NOT the special session you truly crave for some odd reason when you kick this monster-sized can down the road!

Clark Coan 8 years, 3 months ago

The guv is right on the mark. We Kansans have an inherent right to breathe clean air.

MyName 8 years, 3 months ago


Quick question: do you even know which state you're in? This state isn't run by "them librulz". The governor is a moderate, heck he was a Republican for a good part of his political career. A public smoking ban is a sensible step because, in case you didn't get the memo, second hand smoke is bad for your lungs.

But hey, continue blaming this on "them librulz" or bigfoot, or the Ghost of John Brown or whatever other mythical creature you think is running this State (which is Kansas, BTW, just making sure you were aware of that).

woodscolt 8 years, 3 months ago

lawrence guy40

We could agree on you standing up for my rights to breath unpolluted air. Next thing they are going to ban: K2

Evan Ridenour 8 years, 3 months ago

It just is irrational to attempt pass a bill that preempts local ordinances when the movement in Kansas is towards strict outright bans on indoor smoking.

Terry Jacobsen 8 years, 3 months ago

Thank you Governor! We like the ban that Lawrence has in place. This bill was going to weaken that ban.

davidsmom 8 years, 3 months ago

Thank you, Governor Parkinson! We need a good statewide smoking ban, and this was not it!

Orwell 8 years, 3 months ago

If other Kansas communities are too dumb to enact serious restrictions on a lethal activity, OK – I can live with that, even if they won't. But what's the deal with telling Lawrence we can't have a valid ordinance that sets the bar where we think it should be?

I thought one of the tenets of conservatism was that local decisions were better than those made at higher levels. Under the logic of the House's bill, we should be willing to accept a federal statute setting even stricter restrictions and overriding whatever they pass in Topeka.

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