Better get this passed before the Barrel Head opens up and puts all the other Springfield bars out of business.
State Sen. John Cullerton, D-Chicago, announced Thursday he will sponsor a bill creating a statewide indoor smoking ban.It remains to be seen if this thing has enough support to get passed but if lawmakers hear from enough constituents in favor of the measure, just maybe it will become law. I’m sure the tobacco addict lobby is already gearing up for a fight.
The bill would, with exceptions for some home-based businesses, ban smoking in
workplaces and all indoor public places.
If the bill passes, Illinois would join 16 other states, including California, New York and Ohio, that have smoking bans.
Update: The Chicago Tribune has more (HT to Rich Miller):
Legislative leaders and the governor reacted cautiously to the measure, one of the first bills to be introduced in the newly minted General Assembly. The offices of Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich and House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) said they wanted to see the legislation first.I assume that would be true of the Springfield ban as well.
Cullerton said the legislation as proposed would take effect on Jan. 1, 2008, and would supercede the recently passed Chicago ordinance that gives city bars until July 2008 to implement the ban.
And of course our good buddy Steve Riedl is full of the usual gloom and doom.
Steve Riedl, executive director of the Illinois Licensed Beverage Association, said a statewide ban would provide little assistance to businesses suffering under local bans. Bars, fraternal organizations and bowling alleys have seen average revenue losses of 40 percent under current bans, he said.Death delayed is death denied I always say. And what will happen to the all-powerful Barrel Head under this ban? Will it explode like a Death Star at the hands of Luke Skywalker? And will smoking addicts continue their pouting protest by going to Missouri for a beer? So many ramifications.
"The death is delayed," Riedl said. "They will keep the doors open just a couple more months. It only slightly puts off the inevitable demise of their businesses."