Friday, May 15, 2009

A Glimmer of Hope

Two and a half weeks after Regulatory Reform Committee Chair Bert Johnson delayed the much anticipated vote on a smoke free workplaces bill, he has scheduled another hearing on the matter. The bill is sandwiched in with a mess of other items on the agenda from a bill allowing a restaurant on Wayne State’s campus to sell liquor to a bill regulating hearing aid dealer license fees.

The number of bills on the Committee’s to-do list suggests that HB 4377 will be voted on and may just make it to the House floor. There is little doubt that this hearing is happening because of the furious flurry of calls and emails that have been logged on the Speaker’s and House Majority Leader’s lines.

For over a month, everyday people from around the state have voiced their support of smoke free air…loudly. Here’s hoping that our legislative leadership has woken up to smell the smoke free air.

The hearing will take place on Wednesday, May 20th at 12:00 p.m. at 326 House Office Building in Lansing.

Individuals who wish to bring written testimony need to supply a minimum of thirty copies for distribution. Individuals needing special accommodations to participate in the meeting may contact the Chair's office.
Committee Clerk: Eric Esch
Phone: 517-373-0070

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