Dec 14, 2008
Conference Committee meeting for indoor smoking ban may not happen
Although there is still hope that nonsmokers in Michigan will be protected from deadly secondhand smoke with a workplace smoking ban, the prospects of that happening any time soon are getting dimmer after the Chair of the Conference Committee formed o work out the differences between the Senate passed version of House Bill 4163 and the House passed version canceled the a meeting of the committee set for Monday morning.
The meeting has been tentatively rescheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday, December 16 in Room 424 of the State Capitol in Lansing, but the rumor in Lansing is it will be rolled to Wednesday or Thursday, the last session day before all bills not passed die. Schedule changes or cancellations for this and all committee meetings is available 24-hours a day at (517) 373-8140.
Columnist Peter Luke has an excellent column on the hypocrisy of Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop assigning the two most conservative Senators in the Senate who voted no on the bill to the conference committee.
The many supporters of the workplace smoking ban, that includes bars and restaurants, have been flooding legislative offices with phone calls, emails and letters urging their representatives to do the right thing. Here’s some contact information to keep the pressure up.
Senator Mike Bishop
(517) 373-2417 or (877) 924-7467
Senator Alan Cropsey
(517) 373-3760 or (866) 305-2133
Senator Alan Sanborn
(517) 373-7670 or (888) 353-2526
Representative Dave Hildenbrand
Phone: (517) 373-0846 or (877) 328-3086