Want to smoke? No problem, do it in private so those of us who are non-smokers, don't have to!
The Freedom to Breathe Act Conference Committee came to agreement on all major differences between the MN House and MN Senate versions. Here it is...
Conference Committee Report (Senate File 238)
a.. All indoor public places, workplaces, bars and restaurants are smoke free
b.. Very limited exemptions exist for tobacco retail shops and "over the road" truck cabs
c.. The bill is silent on all outdoor air and patios
d.. The language is not preemptive
e.. Implementation date August 1, 2007
This bill without exemptions will go back to the Senate and House for their approval.
From here the Senate and House will vote on the committee report as soon as Wednesday or Thursday. Both the Senate and House must approve the conference committee report (it is not amendable), once adopted by both bodies the legislation will go to the Governor for a signature.
Call your representatives let them know that you support the right for us to breath clean air.