Jan 28, 2009
Basham introduces Senate version of workplace smoking ban
LANSING – The fight for healthy air began in the Senate with the introduction of Senate Bill 114 in the Senate today that bans smoking in workplaces, including bars and restaurants.
The bill was, as anticipated, was introduced by Sen. Ray Basham, D-Taylor. The bill has bipartisan support, and its co-sponsors include Democratic Senators Gilda Jacobs, Liz Brater, Michael Switalski and John Gleason. It also includes Republican Senators Bruce Patterson, Patricia Birkholz, Cameron Brown and Tom George, a medial doctor.
One reason the bill was derailed last session was because Detroit area House members declined to support a bill that did not include an exception for casinos that passed out of the Senate because they were under the mistaken belief that the ban would hurt business and cost jobs to the Detroit casinos. But the fact is study after study from the 34 states that have such a ban demonstrated that there is no drop-off in business, and in many cases business improves.
In that vain, the bill's co-sponsors also includes Detroit area Senators Hansen Clarke, Martha Scott and Tupac Hunter.
Rep. Paul Scott, R-Grand Blanc, introduced the House version, House Bill 4099, last week.