By Michael Waddoups
State Senator, District 6
My Amendments to the Indoor Clean Air Act
moved out of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee with a 4-2 vote.
I am pleased the bill is moving to a larger forum of debate. Second hand smoke in private clubs, taverns, fraternal clubs and country clubs is just as lethal as second hand smoke anywhere else; I believe protecting the right of patrons and employees to breathe clean air is the right thing to do.
Some feel this is unnecessary government intervention. I feel the right to act as you choose only exists as long as you don't cause harm to others. You may drink alcohol in your own home, for example, but get behind the wheel of a car and you become a danger to those around you. At that point government has the responsibility to step in.
People killed by second-hand smoke are just as innocent - and just as dead - as those killed by drunk drivers.
We need to set some reasonable protections.
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