What are Kansas lawmakers smoking?
The Kansas City Star
Budget? What budget?
The Kansas House is supposed to get around to passing a budget any time now. But first, apparently, some members want to discuss rolling back the state’s smoking ban.
House Bill 2690, which is on the docket to be discussed Friday, would allow smoking in bars and other businesses that serve patrons 21 or older. A separate bill would require a study to see if smokeless tobacco products should be carved out of clean air legislation.
It’s really disheartening to see lawmakers wasting time on these kinds of bills with so many important issues up in the air. The statewide smoking ban is one of Kansas’ legislative jewels of the last decade. It has already made a difference in health outcomes, which will save the state millions of dollars in health costs.
If lawmakers want to spend time on smoking legislation at this point in the session, they should talk about extending the ban to the state’s casinos.