House Bill 1213, otherwise known as the statewide Indiana smoking ban, has been approved in a form that no longer pretends to make any coherent claim to protecting the health of captive workers. Rather, as with our local (and since vetoed) version, the horse trading for exemptions has yielded the usual hypocrisy. Casinos and taverns are excused, the health fascists vow to toughen the standards in the Senate, and I am struggling to suppress a contemptuous yawn.
Perhaps some of the bailout money can trickle down to those of us who'll have to spend money to reconfigure our businesses.
Just for the record, with no opinion implied (just weariness), our District 72’s Ed Clere voted with the 70-26 majority. He had referenced his poll results on a smoking question in a Tribune column yesterday, but did not indicate how he would vote.