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St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann Vetoed Smoke-Free Bill

June 15, 2011 Smoke Free, St. Charles County, STL Region 3 Comments
St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann

Yesterday St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann vetoed a bill that would have given voters the opportunity to decide if they wanted their county to go smoke-free. In the poll last week the single answer with the most was the one where he would sign the bill and voters would approve:

Q: When Will St. Charles County Go Smoke-Free?

  1. Ehlmann will sign bill and voters will approve it in Nov 2012 16 [32%]
  2. Only after a statewide ban 13 [26%]
  3. Never 8 [16%]
  4. Other answer… 4 [8%]
  5. Eventually, Ehlmann will sign bill but voters won’t approve it in Nov 2012 3 [6%]
  6. Eventually, Ehlmann will veto this bill but this change will come later 3 [6%]
  7. Ehlmann will veto this bill but the County Council will override, voters approve in Nov 2012 2 [4%]
  8. Ehlmann will veto this bill but the County Council will override, voters reject in Nov 2012 1 [2%]

The issue was the casino exemption:

“If the purpose of the smoking ban is to protect the health of employees, there is no rational reason to exclude casino floor workers,” the Republican executive said in his veto message.

“If tobacco smoke is harmful, there is no reason to exempt cigar bars, while regulating bars that allow cigarette smoking.” (source)

The other answers were:

  1. How should I know?
  2. Who cares, St Charles county is a worthless pile of crap
  3. Why ban a legal product? Heavy perfume makes me ill…ban overly scented people
  4. I feel that speculating over what will happen is kind of pointless.

My reason for the poll was to show regional interest in going smoke-free.  Maybe there isn’t such interest? Expect additional bills to bring this to voters, most likely without an exemption for casinos.

– Steve Patterson

 

Currently there are "3 comments" on this Article:

  1. Mark Loehrer says:

    Just wrote a lengthy paper on the need for a state-wide ban. Too many statistics to go into involving Missouri’s dismal smoking situation, the most obvious of which is of course the very low cigarette tax. However, I wrote that paper not knowing in the beginning just how common a state-wide ban actually is in the US, 27 have enacted some form of ban, with various exceptions…all of which in time will probably be erased as smoking becomes even a trouble to casino or bar patrons (exceptions I mean). 

    To say there can’t be a vote, no way–no how, simply because it doesn’t go far enough is absurd. Since when is St. Charles that progressive? Frankly, I don’t believe the executive is telling the truth for why he vetoed the measure. 

     
  2. Mark Loehrer says:

    Just wrote a lengthy paper on the need for a state-wide ban. Too many statistics to go into involving Missouri’s dismal smoking situation, the most obvious of which is of course the very low cigarette tax. However, I wrote that paper not knowing in the beginning just how common a state-wide ban actually is in the US, 27 have enacted some form of ban, with various exceptions…all of which in time will probably be erased as smoking becomes even a trouble to casino or bar patrons (exceptions I mean). 

    To say there can’t be a vote, no way–no how, simply because it doesn’t go far enough is absurd. Since when is St. Charles that progressive? Frankly, I don’t believe the executive is telling the truth for why he vetoed the measure. 

     
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