Governor pledges to approve a ban on smoking in bars and restaurants
It was the most definitive sign yet that Michigan could soon join a growing number of states that have banned smoking in bars, restaurants and other public places.
In the third gubernatorial debate against challenger Dick DeVos, Gov. Jennifer Granholm told Michigan voters she would make Michigan smoke-free if legislation to ban smoking was presented to her.
“I think the governor said it,” said Liz Boyd, press secretary for the governor, who was re-elected Nov. 8. “If legislation arrives on her desk, she’ll sign it.”
House Bills 4624 and 4625 and Senate Bills 394 and 395, introduced in April of 2005, would prohibit smoking in bars and restaurants. The bills, which stalled in committee, were aimed at reducing the third-leading preventable cause of death in the United States.
With Granholm entering a second term and Democrats now in control of the state House, another push to ban smoking in bars and restaurants could be on the way.
For the record, I'm not a ciggy smoker. This isn't about smoking to me. This is about property rights. This is about another push from big government to tell PRIVATE owned business how to run their establishments. I have no problem with business owners deciding on their own to ban smoking. The Copper Pickle in Howell is non-smoking on their own. That's the proper way to make a decision.
Nobody forces anyone to go into a pub or restaurants around smokers. That's an individual decision one makes on his/her own. Because an individual doesn't like how a business runs its establishment, he/she's now running to government to change how it runs it. That's unacceptable, and frankly - UnAmerican.