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Tuesday, December 13, 2005


Hennepin County votes for a partial rollback of the smoking ban. Who is responsible? Pro-stadium, pro-smoking Peter McLaughlin. I'm increasingly happy that he did not win the mayoral election last month, and I hope that this vote represents the end of his political career.

Here's his statement.


At 12:58 PM, December 14, 2005, Blogger American Lung Association of Minnesota said...

A sad development, but a minor bump on the road to a statewide law.

State laws come from St. Paul, not the fringes of Hennepin County. Watch what the St. Paul City Council does for a real clue where the state is going.

At 1:20 PM, December 14, 2005, Blogger Globe199 said...

St Paul had better pass the full ban. Screw McLaughlin.

At 3:17 PM, December 14, 2005, Blogger Truth and Justice said...

Don't know this first hand but someone told me that Peter justified relaxing the ban as a way of forcing the state to take a look at enacting a statewide ban...I don't see how that would 'force' anything or even if it did...how would that be justification for exposing non-smokers to second hand smoke during the interim period?

At 3:45 PM, December 14, 2005, Blogger American Lung Association of Minnesota said...

We can't figure Peter's logic on that one either, T & J.

Many have promised to "support a statewide ban," including Mr. McLaughlin. We hope we can count on his support this session.

At 7:00 PM, December 14, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I too disagree with this move. PEter does justify it by saying this will help us get to a statewide ban faster. His arguement is that it took California 10 years to pass their ban and he doesn't want to wait that long. The pro-ban folks promissed Minneapolis and Hennepin County that a full-out ban would get a state-wide ban passed fast. well, nothing happened. Hopefully this will move us faster, but reguardless, it is very few bars that will change, since Minneapolis' ban stays in effect.


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