ACTION ALERT – Clean Indoor Air Still At Risk – CONTACT LEGISLATORS NOW!
On Friday afternoon, after advocates from around West Virginia spoke out during a public comment period and met individually with their members, the House Government Organization Committee REJECTED HB-2208.
HB-2208 would have offered exemptions from clean indoor air regulations for hundreds of facilities including casinos, limited video lottery establishments and fraternal organizations who have at least a 10% no smoking area and meet prescribed ventilation requirements. Exemptions under this bill would be approved or disapproved by the County Commissioners following verification by the local board of health that the conditions for exemptions were met.
The defeat of HB-2208 however may be short-lived as proponents of this unhealthy legislation immediately began trying to revive the bill. As of Monday, HB-2208 is now dead. However, a similar piece of legislation, SB-109, will be up for a vote before the entire Senate early this week.
Passage of legislation as proposed in these bills would:
– Dramatically weaken the ability of clean indoor air regulations in our communities to protect our citizens from exposure to second hand smoke as they work, live and while enjoying entertainment.
– Would provide a path to exemption for hundreds of facilities that are already smoke free and have been for a considerable time exposing its workers, patrons and vendors to harmful and toxic environmental tobacco smoke.
This legislation is being sought by powerful special interests, most notably the gambling
industry, who are attempting to to turn back the hands of time in order to squeeze profits
through exploitation of a dangerous addiction.
THIS CAN ONLY BE STOPPED BY CITIZENS LETTING THEIR SENATORS AND DELEGATES KNOW THEY OPPOSE THIS LEGISLATION!
Please take the following two actions RIGHT NOW to protect clean indoor air in West Virginia:
1- Contact your Senators TODAY on SB-109
SB-109 could be voted on by the full Senate on Monday. Call your Senators and ask them to OPPOSE SB-109.
2 – Contact your House of Delegate Members TODAY on SB-2208
Let Delegates know how happy you are that HB-2208 was defeated in committee and urge them to
OPPOSE ANY EFFORT TO REVIVE THIS LEGISLATION in the House AND to also OPPOSE SB-109 should it pass over to them from the Senate.
Contact Information for your members can be located through the links below:
House of Delegates – http://www.legis.state.wv.us/house/roster.cfm