[Nfbmo] Springfield MO Voters Pass City Smoking Ban

Dewey Bradley deweyspr at mediacombb.net
Wed Apr 6 19:09:14 UTC 2011

Those of us who do not smoke have the right to leave and go some place
This liberalism needs to stop.
It undermines the free market system.
If you owned a business, would you want the government or people
telling you how to run it?
If you don't like smoke, or beer, or the paint on the walls, you have the
freedom to walk out.
People smoke in bars, what's next are you librals going to tell bars that
they can't serve beer, or are you going to tell gas stations that they can't
serve gas?
You need to stop this shit, leave people alone, You have every right to not
go into a business, just people who smoke should have the to smoke if the
business owner chooses to allow them to do so.
So now that you have passed this band, Now you are going to jack up
everyone's taxes to enforce this.
How are we going to do compliance checks?
Are we going to pull police offerice off the streets, who is going to pay
for this, Don't tell me, I can guess
tax the rich, tax the rich, tax the rich and then blame Bush and Blunt.
You flamers need to pull your heads out of your asses and quit thinking how
the TV tells you to think
If you like socialism, then move to a socialist country like England or
Everyone talks about how they love America, but they want to change it.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: <DanFlasar at aol.com>
To: <nfbmo at nfbnet.org>
Sent: Wednesday, April 06, 2011 11:55 AM
Subject: Re: [Nfbmo] Springfield MO Voters Pass City Smoking Ban

> Gary,
>   This is great!   After the truly huge margin of  support for the St.
> Louis City/County smoking ban referendum last year, and now  with
> Springfield
> passing an anti-smoking ordinance, we are beginning to see that  the tides
> have definitively changed in favor of the public's right to breathe  air
> unpolluted by other people's drug of choice.
>     The St. Louis County ordinance caved in to the  demands ofo the
> casinos who managed to get a provision to exempt themselves from  the
> smoking ban
> - a very unfair exemption.   Since we won about 69 to  31, there are
> initiatives to further the ban to the casinos in the area.  I  wonder - is
> KC
> smoke-free?  I think Columbia is.
> Dan
> In a message dated 4/5/2011 8:59:19 P.M. Central Daylight Time,
> horchemg at gary-springfield-mo.net writes:
> Good evening  folks the days of smoking on public buildings is over here
> is
> the article from  kolr 10 TV
> (Springfield, MO) -- Voters in Springfield have passed an  ordinance to
> make all businesses in the city smoke-free.
> On Tuesday, the  proposed "Question 2" on the ballot (official wording
> below), passed.
> The  smoking ban makes lighting up illegal in Springfield inside any
> enclosed  business or private club. Smokers can't take a drag within five
> feet of
> a  playground, and smoking will only be allowed in fewer than a quarter of
> hotel  rooms.
> Supporters of the ban say it's a public health issue.
> "I don't  feel like anybody is going to go out of business," said Melanie
> Donnell, who  is a supporter of the ban. "I feel like in this day and age
> there is a lot  more non-smoking community than there is a smoking
> community."
> The other  side focused on the rights of consumers and businesses, noting
> the ordinance  will close up shop on a lot of jobs.
> "So you're going to be talking about  a loss of revenue right off the bat.
> For anybody to say that there's not an  economic impact, they're wrong,"
> said Dave Myers, a coordinator for Live Free  Springfield.
> Live Free Springfield did a lot of last-minute campaigning  against the
> proposed smoking ban at a few locations Tuesday.
> "I've been  on the phone for hours and hours, yesterday alone," Myers told
> KOLR/KSFX on  election night. "So, I've been talking a lot."
> Supporters spent  time the last few days putting up signs and door
> hangars.
> "We've  just been getting out and talking to voters and reminding them to
> vote and  just passing out our information and literature," said Carrie
> Reynolds,  spokesperson for Clean Air Springfield.
> Organizers for Live Free  Springfield say this is about jobs. They know of
> several businesses planning  to file injunctions to sue the city now that
> it's passed.
> The City of  Springfield would then make a filing in court and would be
> responsible to  defend a vote of the people.
> A city spokesman didn't provide specifics on  how much this would cost,
> but
> the legal proceedings would require staff time  and resources to prepare.
> The ordinance states that the ban will go into  effect 60 days after
> adoption.
> The Health Department will enforce the ban,  informing the public,
> offering
> resources and information during the transition  period and assisting
> businesses as they work toward compliance.
> This will  be a combination of regular inspections, like usual and
> customary restaurant  inspections, as well as a complaint-based
> enforcement system.
> Question  2:
> [Shall the City of Springfield, Missouri prohibit smoking in enclosed
> public places, places of employment, private clubs, within five feet of
> outdoor
> playgrounds and within five feet of outside entrances, operable  windows,
> and ventilation systems of enclosed areas where smoking is  prohibited,
> and
> exempt the following places from smoking prohibition: a)  private
> residences,
> unless such residence is used as a child care, adult day  care, or
> healthcare facility; b) not more than 25 percent of the hotel or  motel
> rooms rented
> to guests as smoking rooms; and c) outdoor areas of places  of employment;
> providing for the imposition of a fine of $50 per violation for  any
> person
> violating said ordinance by smoking, upon a finding of guilt or  admission
> of guilt; upon a finding of guilt or admission of guilt, providing  for
> fines
> ranging from $100-$500 per day against the owner, operator, manager  or
> any
> agent who controls a public place or place of employment or any  business,
> and allows smoki
> ng to occur on the premises; providing for  revocation of any license or
> permit issue to the business or public place that  permits such
> violations;
> requiring that businesses and public places place  signage advising of the
> prohibition on  smoking?]
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