Thursday, May 24, 2007

American Cancer Society and RWJF partner up to sell smoking cessation products

The CTC (Center for Tobacco Cessation) is a collaborative between the American Cancer Society and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Its primary goal according to this press release is to:

......increase demands for and delivery of effective tobacco cessation treatments.........research has demonstrated that drug treatment and counseling are effective and greatly increase the success of quitting........The CTC will assist health and health care partner organizations to promote greater access to effective treatment and availability of insurance coverage for treatment......

Increase demand for smoking cessation.......this is done by funding the lobbying efforts of pro-smoking ban organizations.

.....research has demonstrated that drug treatment (Nicoderm and Nicoderm CQ) and counseling are effective ........well isn't it convenient then that ACS has partnered with the Johnson & Johnson Company (manufacturer of Nicoderm and Nicoderm CQ) affiliate, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. And isn't it convenient that RWJF and J & J discovered a whole new route to market those pharmaceutical nicotine products?

...availability of insurance coverage for treatment.......And this makes the sale of those pharmaceutical nicotine products so much easier.

Look, I've said it before, getting smokers to quit voluntarily is a noble cause when it was conducted through voluntary education and marketing. Smoking bans on the other hand are coercive, collusive, and frankly bordering on racketeering in my opinion. No company or organization should be able to use the force of government (smoking bans) to sell their products. Yet time and time again, it seems clear that this is the modus operandi of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Johnson & Johnson Company.

It's an MO that needs to be stopped. Especially since the American Cancer Society's own testing proved secondhand smoke is up to 25,000 times SAFER than OSHA workplace air quality regulations.

(text in red=supporting data hyperlink)

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Do statewide smoking bans really work?

Of course not......prohibition didn't work 80 years ago, nor will it today.

Check out the latest smoking speakeasies in New York.

Additionally, in Manhatten; New York city officials fail to shut down cigar bar for violating their Smoke Free Air Act.

The pharmaceutical nicotine interests who lobby for clean air laws under questionable motives claim victory at the time of passage......but theirs is a hollow and short lived victory. Once the Nicoderm funding is used up, the non-profits and special interests no longer have an interest in seeing these useless laws enforced.

Thanks to David Nelson for the story tip.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

What makes Johnson & Johnson Company's boardroom more excited than funding smoking bans?....Getting kids hooked on their nicotine patch -Nicoderm, etc

From the educational website and group -Forces, comes this story about how pharmaceutical interests and doctors are encouraged to prescribe pharmaceutical nicotine products to children as young as 12.

...Concern that teenagers may become hooked on Nicotine Replacement Therapy itself - because their brains are still developing, thus making them more vulnerable to addiction - was one of the reasons why the treatment was not originally recommended for the age group......However, after research the Committee on the Safety of Medicines approved its use in 12 to 18-year-olds, as well as pregnant women...

And as Clearing the Air has pointed out on numerous ocassions, the Johnson & Johnson Company has been very influential in getting smoking bans passed by providing hundreds of millions of dollars to non-profit lobbying groups like the American Lung Association, ASH, CTFK, American Non-Smoker's Rights etc....even the CDC. J & J does not typically provide the funds directly, they allow their political division the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to fund these smoking ban efforts........then they get the kidees hooked on their pharmaceutical nicotine products.......Good old fashioned rent seeking legislation at its finest.

Ever notice the increase in pharmaceutical nicotine product advertising (such as Nicoderm, Nicotrol) in an area where governement mandated smoking bans have been implemented?........Anybody out there think this was simply a coincidence?

I for one, think the pharmaceutical nicotine companies like Johnson & Johnson conduct business far less ethically than the tobacco companies ever did. Because their funding and promotion of smoking bans, to increase profits, eliminates hospitality businesses and jobs around the globe.

Minnesota lawmakers roll call vote on smoking ban issue, Democrats vote against property rights



Smoking ban

Previous attempts to pass a statewide smoking ban failed, but supporters believe this could be their year for success. Opponents are mounting their own bipartisan effort to quash the legislation. Bar owners and service clubs, for example, say their business will suffer if smoking is banned.


More from MPR:
Statewide smoking ban proposed at Capitol (01/25/2007)
Midday interviews Sen. Kathy Sheran, the bill's sponsor (02/27/2007)
Opponents fail to stop smoking ban bill (03/15/2007)
House passes smoking ban bill (04/26/2007)
Smoking ban clears Senate, faces critical vote in House (05/11/2007)
http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/05/11/smoking/ (05/12/2007)


SORT VOTES BY: Name |
District | Party | Vote

Governor's Desk
May 16, 2007

Result: Signed

House approval of conference committee
May 12, 2007 (
SF238)

Throughout the day before the vote, the bill's fate was in doubt. Several House members expressed concern that the bill didn't include enough exemptions allowing smoking in certain settings.

One of the bill's fiercest critics, Rep. Tom Rukavina, DFL-Virginia, was unsuccessful in trying to convince his colleagues to renegotiate the bill with the Senate. The House originally passed a bill with several exemptions which did not survive the conference committee that hammered out differences with the much stricter Senate bill. Rukavina accused the House negotiators of caving in during talks with the Senate.

Despite the question mark hanging over the bill, the House passed the bill by a lopsided vote of 81 to 48. Violations will carry fines of up to $300 for smokers and those who allow smoking in their establishments.

Result: Passed

Legislator

Party

District

Vote

Bruce Anderson

Republican

19A

AGAINST

Sarah Anderson

Republican

43A

AGAINST

Tom Anzelc

DFL

03A

AGAINST

Joe Atkins

DFL

39B

FOR

Michael Beard

Republican

35A

AGAINST

John Benson

DFL

43B

FOR

John Berns

Republican

33B

FOR

Karla Bigham

DFL

57A

FOR

David Bly

DFL

25B

FOR

Laura Brod

Republican

25A

AGAINST

Robin Brown

DFL

27A

FOR

Kathy Brynaert

DFL

23B

FOR

Mark Buesgens

Republican

35B

AGAINST

Julie Bunn

DFL

56A

FOR

Lyndon Carlson

DFL

45B

FOR

Karen Clark

DFL

61A

FOR

Tony Cornish

Republican

24B

FOR

Jim Davnie

DFL

62A

FOR

Chris DeLaForest

Republican

49A

AGAINST

Matt Dean

Republican

52B

AGAINST

Randy Demmer

Republican

29A

AGAINST

Bob Dettmer

Republican

52A

AGAINST

David Dill

DFL

06A

AGAINST

Denise Dittrich

DFL

47A

FOR

Augustine Willie Dominguez

DFL

58B

FOR

Al Doty

DFL

12B

AGAINST

Rob Eastlund

Republican

17A

AGAINST

Kent Eken

DFL

02A

AGAINST

Tom Emmer

Republican

19B

AGAINST

Ron Erhardt

Republican

41A

FOR

Sondra Erickson

Republican

16A

AGAINST

Tim Faust

DFL

08B

FOR

Brad Finstad

Republican

21B

AGAINST

Patti Fritz

DFL

26B

FOR

Paul Gardner

DFL

53A

FOR

Pat Garofalo

Republican

36B

AGAINST

Steve Gottwalt

Republican

15A

FOR

Mindy Greiling

DFL

54A

FOR

Bob Gunther

Republican

24A

AGAINST

Tom Hackbarth

Republican

48A

AGAINST

Rod Hamilton

Republican

22B

AGAINST

Rick Hansen

DFL

39A

FOR

Alice Hausman

DFL

66B

FOR

Larry Haws

DFL

15B

FOR

Bud Heidgerken

Republican

13A

AGAINST

Debra Hilstrom

DFL

46B

FOR

Bill Hilty

DFL

08A

FOR

Mary Liz Holberg

Republican

36A

AGAINST

Joe Hoppe

Republican

34B

AGAINST

Frank Hornstein

DFL

60B

FOR

Melissa Hortman

DFL

47B

FOR

Thomas Huntley

DFL

07A

FOR

Mike Jaros

DFL

07B

AGAINST

Sheldon Johnson

DFL

67B

FOR

Al Juhnke

DFL

13B

FOR

Phyllis Kahn

DFL

59B

FOR

Jeremy Kalin

DFL

17B

AGAINST

Margaret Anderson Kelliher

DFL

60A

FOR

Kate Knuth

DFL

50B

FOR

Lyle Koenen

DFL

20B

AGAINST

Paul Kohls

Republican

34A

AGAINST

Scott Kranz

DFL

51A

FOR

Carolyn Laine

DFL

50A

FOR

Morrie Lanning

Republican

09A

FOR

Ann Lenczewski

DFL

40B

FOR

John Lesch

DFL

66A

FOR

Tina Liebling

DFL

30A

FOR

Bernard Lieder

DFL

01B

AGAINST

Leon Lillie

DFL

55A

FOR

Diane Loeffler

DFL

59A

FOR

Shelley Madore

DFL

37A

FOR

Doug Magnus

Republican

22A

AGAINST

Tim Mahoney

DFL

67A

AGAINST

Carlos Mariani

DFL

65B

FOR

Paul Marquart

DFL

09B

AGAINST

Sandra Masin

DFL

38A

FOR

Carol McFarlane

Republican

53B

FOR

Denny McNamara

Republican

57B

AGAINST

Frank Moe

DFL

04A

AGAINST

Will Morgan

DFL

40A

FOR

Terry Morrow

DFL

23A

FOR

Joe Mullery

DFL

58A

FOR

Erin Murphy

DFL

64A

FOR

Mary Murphy

DFL

06B

FOR

Michael Nelson

DFL

46A

FOR

Bud Nornes

Republican

10A

AGAINST

Kim Norton

DFL

29B

FOR

Dave Olin

DFL

01A

FOR

Mark Olson

Republican

16B

AGAINST

Mary Ellen Otremba

DFL

11B

AGAINST

Dennis Ozment

Republican

37B

AGAINST

Erik Paulsen

Republican

42B

AGAINST

Michael Paymar

DFL

64B

FOR

Gene Pelowski, Jr.

DFL

31A

FOR

Joyce Peppin

Republican

32A

AGAINST

Aaron Peterson

DFL

20A

FOR

Neil W. Peterson

Republican

41B

FOR

Sandra Peterson

DFL

45A

FOR

Jeanne Poppe

DFL

27B

FOR

Tom Rukavina

DFL

05A

AGAINST

Connie Ruth

Republican

26A

FOR

Maria Ruud

DFL

42A

FOR

Brita Sailer

DFL

02B

FOR

Marty Seifert

Republican

21A

AGAINST

Anthony Sertich

DFL

05B

AGAINST

Dan Severson

Republican

14A

FOR

Ron Shimanski

Republican

18A

AGAINST

Steve Simon

DFL

44A

FOR

Dean Simpson

Republican

10B

AGAINST

Nora Slawik

DFL

55B

FOR

Linda Slocum

DFL

63B

FOR

Steve Smith

Republican

33A

FOR

Loren Solberg

DFL

03B

AGAINST

Steve Sviggum

Republican

28B

AGAINST

Marsha Swails

DFL

56B

FOR

Cy Thao

DFL

65A

FOR

Paul Thissen

DFL

63A

FOR

Tom Tillberry

DFL

51B

FOR

Kathy Tingelstad

Republican

49B

FOR

Ken Tschumper

DFL

31B

FOR

Dean Urdahl

Republican

18B

FOR

Jean Wagenius

DFL

62B

FOR

Neva Walker

DFL

61B

FOR

John Ward

DFL

12A

FOR

Lynn Wardlow

Republican

38B

FOR

Andy Welti

DFL

30B

FOR

Ryan Winkler

DFL

44B

FOR

Sandy Wollschlager

DFL

28A

FOR

Kurt Zellers

Republican

32B

AGAINST


More from MPR:
http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/05/11/smoking/ (05/12/2007)

Senate approval
May 11, 2007 (
SF238)

Prior to the vote, conference committee negotiators scrambled to soften the smoking ban - pushing back the effective date two months to Oct. 1 and bringing back exemptions for farm buildings and vehicles and a disabled veterans rest camp in Washington County. Actors in plays could still smoke on stage.

Another amendment specifies that the ban wouldn't apply outside of bars, restaurants and other establishments - though local governments would still be free to regulate outdoor air.

Result: Passed

Legislator

Party

District

Vote

Ellen R. Anderson

DFL

66

FOR

Thomas M. Bakk

DFL

06

AGAINST

Linda Berglin

DFL

61

FOR

Don Betzold

DFL

51

FOR

Terri Bonoff

DFL

43

FOR

Jim Carlson

DFL

39

FOR

Satveer Chaudhary

DFL

50

FOR

Tarryl Clark

DFL

15

FOR

Richard J. Cohen

DFL

64

FOR

Dick Day

Republican

26

AGAINST

D. Scott Dibble

DFL

60

FOR

Steve Dille

Republican

18

FOR

John Doll

DFL

40

FOR

Sharon Erickson Ropes

DFL

31

FOR

Michelle L. Fischbach

Republican

14

FOR

Leo T. Foley

DFL

47

FOR

Dennis R. Frederickson

Republican

21

FOR

Chris Gerlach

Republican

37

AGAINST

Joe Gimse

Republican

13

FOR

David Hann

Republican

42

AGAINST

Linda Higgins

DFL

58

FOR

Bill Ingebrigtsen

Republican

11

AGAINST

Debbie J. Johnson

Republican

49

AGAINST

Michael J. Jungbauer

Republican

48

AGAINST

Amy Koch

Republican

19

AGAINST

Paul E. Koering

Republican

12

AGAINST

Gary W. Kubly

DFL

20

FOR

Keith Langseth

DFL

09

FOR

Dan Larson

DFL

63

FOR

Ron Latz

DFL

44

FOR

Warren Limmer

Republican

32

AGAINST

Tony Lourey

DFL

8

FOR

Ann Lynch

DFL

30

FOR

John Marty

DFL

54

FOR

James P. Metzen

DFL

39

AGAINST

Geoff Michel

Republican

41

FOR

Mee Moua

DFL

67

FOR

Steve Murphy

DFL

28

FOR

Thomas M. Neuville

Republican

25

AGAINST

Rick Olseen

DFL

17

FOR

Gen Olson

Republican

33

AGAINST

Mary Olson

DFL

4

FOR

Julianne E. Ortman

Republican

34

AGAINST

Sandra L. Pappas

DFL

65

FOR

Pat Pariseau

Republican

36

AGAINST

Lawrence J. Pogemiller

DFL

59

FOR

Yvonne Prettner Solon

DFL

07

FOR

Ann H. Rest

DFL

45

FOR

Claire A. Robling

Republican

35

FOR

Julie A. Rosen

Republican

24

FOR

Sandy Rummel

DFL

53

FOR

Kathy Saltzman

DFL

56

FOR

Tom Saxhaug

DFL

03

AGAINST

David H. Senjem

Republican

29

FOR

Kathy Sheran

DFL

23

FOR

Katie Sieben

DFL

57

FOR

Rod Skoe

DFL

02

AGAINST

Dan Skogen

DFL

10

FOR

Dan Sparks

DFL

27

AGAINST

David J. Tomassoni

DFL

05

AGAINST

Patricia Torres Ray

DFL

62

FOR

Jim Vickerman

DFL

22

AGAINST

Betsy L. Wergin

Republican

16

AGAINST

Charles W. Wiger

DFL

55

FOR


More from MPR:
Smoking ban clears Senate, faces critical vote in House (05/11/2007)

House approval
April 26, 2007 (
SF238)

The House bill allows for a few exemptions. First, establishments with more sales from alcohol than food are eligible to apply for a smoking-room exemption. If a local government approves the license, the bar would then have to provide a ventilated smoking room. Employees and minors would not be allowed to enter. Other exemptions would allow smoking in tobacco shops and in private clubs that have no employees. The final vote was 85-45.

Result: Passed

Legislator

Party

District

Vote

Jim Abeler

Republican

48B

FOR

Bruce Anderson

Republican

19A

AGAINST

Sarah Anderson

Republican

43A

AGAINST

Tom Anzelc

DFL

03A

AGAINST

Joe Atkins

DFL

39B

FOR

John Benson

DFL

43B

FOR

John Berns

Republican

33B

FOR

Karla Bigham

DFL

57A

FOR

David Bly

DFL

25B

FOR

Laura Brod

Republican

25A

AGAINST

Robin Brown

DFL

27A

FOR

Kathy Brynaert

DFL

23B

FOR

Mark Buesgens

Republican

35B

AGAINST

Julie Bunn

DFL

56A

FOR

Lyndon Carlson

DFL

45B

FOR

Karen Clark

DFL

61A

FOR

Tony Cornish

Republican

24B

FOR

Jim Davnie

DFL

62A

FOR

Chris DeLaForest

Republican

49A

AGAINST

Matt Dean

Republican

52B

AGAINST

Bob Dettmer

Republican

52A

AGAINST

David Dill

DFL

06A

AGAINST

Denise Dittrich

DFL

47A

FOR

Augustine Willie Dominguez

DFL

58B

FOR

Al Doty

DFL

12B

AGAINST

Rob Eastlund

Republican

17A

AGAINST

Kent Eken

DFL

02A

AGAINST

Tom Emmer

Republican

19B

AGAINST

Ron Erhardt

Republican

41A

FOR

Sondra Erickson

Republican

16A

AGAINST

Tim Faust

DFL

08B

FOR

Brad Finstad

Republican

21B

AGAINST

Paul Gardner

DFL

53A

FOR

Pat Garofalo

Republican

36B

AGAINST

Mindy Greiling

DFL

54A

FOR

Bob Gunther

Republican

24A

FOR

Tom Hackbarth

Republican

48A

AGAINST

Rod Hamilton

Republican

22B

AGAINST

Rick Hansen

DFL

39A

FOR

Alice Hausman

DFL

66B

FOR

Larry Haws

DFL

15B

FOR

Bud Heidgerken

Republican

13A

AGAINST

Debra Hilstrom

DFL

46B

FOR

Bill Hilty

DFL

08A

FOR

Joe Hoppe

Republican

34B

AGAINST

Frank Hornstein

DFL

60B

FOR

Melissa Hortman

DFL

47B

FOR

Larry Hosch

DFL

14B

FOR

Larry Howes

Republican

04B

AGAINST

Thomas Huntley

DFL

07A

FOR

Mike Jaros

DFL

07B

FOR

Sheldon Johnson

DFL

67B

FOR

Al Juhnke

DFL

13B

FOR

Phyllis Kahn

DFL

59B

FOR

Jeremy Kalin

DFL

17B

FOR

Margaret Anderson Kelliher

DFL

60A

FOR

Kate Knuth

DFL

50B

FOR

Lyle Koenen

DFL

20B

AGAINST

Paul Kohls

Republican

34A

AGAINST

Scott Kranz

DFL

51A

AGAINST

Carolyn Laine

DFL

50A

FOR

Morrie Lanning

Republican

09A

FOR

Ann Lenczewski

DFL

40B

FOR

John Lesch

DFL

66A

FOR

Tina Liebling

DFL

30A

FOR

Bernard Lieder

DFL

01B

FOR

Leon Lillie

DFL

55A

FOR

Diane Loeffler

DFL

59A

FOR

Shelley Madore

DFL

37A

FOR

Doug Magnus

Republican

22A

AGAINST

Tim Mahoney

DFL

67A

FOR

Carlos Mariani

DFL

65B

FOR

Paul Marquart

DFL

09B

AGAINST

Sandra Masin

DFL

38A

FOR

Carol McFarlane

Republican

53B

AGAINST

Denny McNamara

Republican

57B

AGAINST

Frank Moe

DFL

04A

FOR

Will Morgan

DFL

40A

FOR

Terry Morrow

DFL

23A

FOR

Joe Mullery

DFL

58A

FOR

Erin Murphy

DFL

64A

FOR

Mary Murphy

DFL

06B

FOR

Michael Nelson

DFL

46A

FOR

Bud Nornes

Republican

10A

AGAINST

Kim Norton

DFL

29B

FOR

Dave Olin

DFL

01A

FOR

Mark Olson

Republican

16B

AGAINST

Mary Ellen Otremba

DFL

11B

AGAINST

Dennis Ozment

Republican

37B

FOR

Erik Paulsen

Republican

42B

AGAINST

Michael Paymar

DFL

64B

FOR

Gene Pelowski, Jr.

DFL

31A

FOR

Joyce Peppin

Republican

32A

AGAINST

Aaron Peterson

DFL

20A

FOR

Neil W. Peterson

Republican

41B

FOR

Sandra Peterson

DFL

45A

FOR

Jeanne Poppe

DFL

27B

FOR

Tom Rukavina

DFL

05A

AGAINST

Connie Ruth

Republican

26A

AGAINST

Maria Ruud

DFL

42A

FOR

Brita Sailer

DFL

02B

FOR

Bev Scalze

DFL

54B

FOR

Marty Seifert

Republican

21A

AGAINST

Anthony Sertich

DFL

05B

AGAINST

Dan Severson

Republican

14A

FOR

Ron Shimanski

Republican

18A

AGAINST

Steve Simon

DFL

44A

FOR

Dean Simpson

Republican

10B

AGAINST

Nora Slawik

DFL

55B

FOR

Linda Slocum

DFL

63B

FOR

Steve Smith

Republican

33A

AGAINST

Loren Solberg

DFL

03B

AGAINST

Steve Sviggum

Republican

28B

AGAINST

Marsha Swails

DFL

56B

FOR

Cy Thao

DFL

65A

FOR

Paul Thissen

DFL

63A

FOR

Tom Tillberry

DFL

51B

FOR

Kathy Tingelstad

Republican

49B

FOR

Ken Tschumper

DFL

31B

FOR

Dean Urdahl

Republican

18B

FOR

Jean Wagenius

DFL

62B

FOR

Neva Walker

DFL

61B

FOR

John Ward

DFL

12A

FOR

Lynn Wardlow

Republican

38B

AGAINST

Andy Welti

DFL

30B

FOR

Torrey Westrom

Republican

11A

AGAINST

Ryan Winkler

DFL

44B

FOR

Sandy Wollschlager

DFL

28A

FOR

Kurt Zellers

Republican

32B

AGAINST


More from MPR:
House passes smoking ban bill (04/26/2007)

House Finance Committee approval
April 16, 2007 (
SF238)

(From Session Daily)With approval by the House Finance Committee, The Freedom to Breathe Act of 2007 may soon spark significant debate on the House floor.

Sponsored by Rep. Thomas Huntley (DFL-Duluth) and Sen. Kathleen Sheran (DFL-Mankato), HF305/SF238*, which passed the Senate 41-24 on March 27, would ban smoking in public places. Proponents have classified the issue as one of worker safety, saying that secondhand smoke has been scientifically proven to adversely affect nonsmokers.

Opponents argue the legislation would stifle individual rights, and may impose hardship to businesses forced to acquiesce to a ban.

During its travels through more than a half-dozen committees, members adopted an amendment that would permit smoking in bars with enclosed, ventilated smoking areas, so long as they’re given local approval. Another successful amendment would stipulate that employees who lose their job due to bar closure be eligible for the Dislocated Worker Program, which provides counseling, training and job placement services to people unemployed.

Result: Passed

Legislator

Party

District

Vote

Bruce Anderson

Republican

19A

AGAINST

Lyndon Carlson

DFL

45B

FOR

Karen Clark

DFL

61A

FOR

Tony Cornish

Republican

24B

FOR

Ron Erhardt

Republican

41A

FOR

Brad Finstad

Republican

21B

AGAINST

Pat Garofalo

Republican

36B

AGAINST

Mindy Greiling

DFL

54A

FOR

Tom Hackbarth

Republican

48A

AGAINST

Alice Hausman

DFL

66B

FOR

Bill Hilty

DFL

08A

FOR

Larry Howes

Republican

04B

AGAINST

Thomas Huntley

DFL

07A

FOR

Mike Jaros

DFL

07B

FOR

Al Juhnke

DFL

13B

FOR

Phyllis Kahn

DFL

59B

FOR

Paul Kohls

Republican

34A

AGAINST

Bernard Lieder

DFL

01B

FOR

Tim Mahoney

DFL

67A

FOR

Mary Murphy

DFL

06B

FOR

Mary Ellen Otremba

DFL

11B

AGAINST

Michael Paymar

DFL

64B

FOR

Gene Pelowski, Jr.

DFL

31A

FOR

Joyce Peppin

Republican

32A

AGAINST

Jeanne Poppe

DFL

27B

FOR

Tom Rukavina

DFL

05A

AGAINST

Brita Sailer

DFL

02B

FOR

Marty Seifert

Republican

21A

AGAINST

Anthony Sertich

DFL

05B

AGAINST

Dan Severson

Republican

14A

FOR

Steve Simon

DFL

44A

FOR

Nora Slawik

DFL

55B

FOR

Loren Solberg

DFL

03B

AGAINST

Steve Sviggum

Republican

28B

AGAINST

Paul Thissen

DFL

63A

FOR

Jean Wagenius

DFL

62B

FOR

Neva Walker

DFL

61B

FOR

Torrey Westrom

Republican

11A

AGAINST

Senate approval
March 27, 2007 (
SF238)

The Senate passed the measure on a 41-to-24 vote after several hours of debate. Opponents attempted to add several amendments including one which would have delayed the measure until Native American casinos ban smoking, and one that would have granted exemptions to establishments that installed high-tech ventilation systems. All amendments to weaken the measure failed.

Result: Passed

Legislator

Party

District

Vote

Ellen R. Anderson

DFL

66

FOR

Thomas M. Bakk

DFL

06

AGAINST

Linda Berglin

DFL

61

FOR

Don Betzold

DFL

51

FOR

Terri Bonoff

DFL

43

FOR

Jim Carlson

DFL

39

FOR

Satveer Chaudhary

DFL

50

FOR

Tarryl Clark

DFL

15

FOR

Richard J. Cohen

DFL

64

FOR

Dick Day

Republican

26

AGAINST

D. Scott Dibble

DFL

60

FOR

Steve Dille

Republican

18

FOR

John Doll

DFL

40

FOR

Sharon Erickson Ropes

DFL

31

FOR

Michelle L. Fischbach

Republican

14

AGAINST

Leo T. Foley

DFL

47

FOR

Dennis R. Frederickson

Republican

21

FOR

Joe Gimse

Republican

13

FOR

David Hann

Republican

42

AGAINST

Bill Ingebrigtsen

Republican

11

AGAINST

Debbie J. Johnson

Republican

49

AGAINST

Michael J. Jungbauer

Republican

48

AGAINST

Amy Koch

Republican

19

AGAINST

Paul E. Koering

Republican

12

AGAINST

Gary W. Kubly

DFL

20

FOR

Keith Langseth

DFL

09

FOR

Dan Larson

DFL

63

FOR

Ron Latz

DFL

44

FOR

Warren Limmer

Republican

32

AGAINST

Tony Lourey

DFL

8

FOR

Ann Lynch

DFL

30

FOR

John Marty

DFL

54

FOR

James P. Metzen

DFL

39

FOR

Geoff Michel

Republican

41

FOR

Mee Moua

DFL

67

FOR

Steve Murphy

DFL

28

FOR

Thomas M. Neuville

Republican

25

AGAINST

Rick Olseen

DFL

17

FOR

Gen Olson

Republican

33

AGAINST

Mary Olson

DFL

4

FOR

Julianne E. Ortman

Republican

34

AGAINST

Sandra L. Pappas

DFL

65

FOR

Pat Pariseau

Republican

36

AGAINST

Lawrence J. Pogemiller

DFL

59

FOR

Yvonne Prettner Solon

DFL

07

FOR

Ann H. Rest

DFL

45

FOR

Claire A. Robling

Republican

35

AGAINST

Julie A. Rosen

Republican

24

FOR

Sandy Rummel

DFL

53

FOR

Kathy Saltzman

DFL

56

FOR

Tom Saxhaug

DFL

03

AGAINST

Linda Scheid

DFL

46

AGAINST

David H. Senjem

Republican

29

FOR

Kathy Sheran

DFL

23

FOR

Katie Sieben

DFL

57

FOR

Rod Skoe

DFL

02

AGAINST

Dan Skogen

DFL

10

FOR

Dan Sparks

DFL

27

AGAINST

LeRoy A. Stumpf

DFL

01

AGAINST

David J. Tomassoni

DFL

05

AGAINST

Patricia Torres Ray

DFL

62

FOR

Ray Vandeveer

Republican

52

AGAINST

Jim Vickerman

DFL

22

AGAINST

Betsy L. Wergin

Republican

16

AGAINST

Charles W. Wiger

DFL

55

FOR

House Health Care and Human Services Finance Division
March 15, 2007 (
HF305)

The so-called "Freedom to Breathe Act," which would prohibit smoking in restaurants, bars and public transit statewide, has overcome one more committee hurdle, with its approval by the House Health and Human Services Finance Division. It now goes to the House Finance Committee. HF305, sponsored by Rep. Thomas Huntley (DFL-Duluth), was characterized as a public safety issue by proponents, who said the ban would provide protection for hospitality employees currently at the mercy of second-hand smoke on the job. Opponents argued that the ban would infringe on personal property rights, meaning the right of business owners to choose whether to permit smoking indoors. "Minnesota should stay out of the private industry, and let the consumer drive the demand on this," said Rep. Sondra Erickson (R-Princeton). (Session Daily)

Result: Passed

Legislator

Party

District

Vote

Jim Abeler

Republican

48B

AGAINST

Bruce Anderson

Republican

19A

AGAINST

Laura Brod

Republican

25A

AGAINST

Julie Bunn

DFL

56A

FOR

Matt Dean

Republican

52B

AGAINST

Sondra Erickson

Republican

16A

AGAINST

Patti Fritz

DFL

26B

FOR

Steve Gottwalt

Republican

15A

FOR

Larry Hosch

DFL

14B

FOR

Thomas Huntley

DFL

07A

FOR

Tina Liebling

DFL

30A

FOR

Diane Loeffler

DFL

59A

FOR

Erin Murphy

DFL

64A

FOR

Mary Ellen Otremba

DFL

11B

AGAINST

Joyce Peppin

Republican

32A

AGAINST

Sandra Peterson

DFL

45A

FOR

Maria Ruud

DFL

42A

FOR

Nora Slawik

DFL

55B

FOR

Cy Thao

DFL

65A

FOR

Paul Thissen

DFL

63A

FOR

Neva Walker

DFL

61B

FOR


More from MPR:
Opponents fail to stop smoking ban bill (03/15/2007)

Senate State and Local Government Operations and Oversight Committee
February 26, 2007 (
SF238)

On a 7-to-5 vote, the committee passed the measure and sent it to the floor of the Senate. The committee stripped out a provision of the bill, inserted at its last committee stop, that would've granted an exemption for bars and restaurants that install high-tech ventilation systems.

Result: Passed

Legislator

Party

District

Vote

Don Betzold

DFL

51

FOR

Dick Day

Republican

26

AGAINST

Chris Gerlach

Republican

37

AGAINST

Joe Gimse

Republican

13

FOR

Dan Larson

DFL

63

FOR

Tony Lourey

DFL

8

FOR

John Marty

DFL

54

FOR

Sandra L. Pappas

DFL

65

FOR

Ann H. Rest

DFL

45

FOR

Claire A. Robling

Republican

35

AGAINST

Jim Vickerman

DFL

22

AGAINST


More from MPR:
Midday interviews Sen. Kathy Sheran, the bill's sponsor (02/27/2007)

Senate Committee on Business, Industry and Jobs approval
February 19, 2007 (
SF238)

Bars with ventilation systems designed to whisk away cigarette smoke could escape a modified statewide smoking ban under amendments to the bill approved by the Senate business panel. Another clause added to the bill would make the state's smoking policy trump local restrictions, potentially undoing strict bar smoking bans in cities including St. Paul, Mankato and Bloomington.

Result: Passed

Senate Health, Housing and Family Security Committee approval
February 5, 2007 (
SF238)

The committee approved the measure on a voice vote after a public hearing in which supporters and opponents,including bar owners and the beverage industry, testified. Republican legislators on the panel said while they were opposed to smoking, they felt the proposal intruded on the rights of property owners.

Result: Passed

House Health Care and Human Services Finance Division approval
February 1, 2007 (
HF305)

Arguments were fierce from proponents and opponents of the bill, which was ultimately approved 12-6 and sent to the House Commerce and Labor Committee. Opponents argued workers can choose where they want to work, and expressed concern about the economic effects of a ban. Rep. Dan Severson (R-Sauk Rapids), a co-sponsor of the bill, said that above all the legislation offers employees, regardless of their trade, a smoke-free environment.

Result: Passed

Legislator

Party

District

Vote

Bruce Anderson

Republican

19A

AGAINST

Laura Brod

Republican

25A

AGAINST

Julie Bunn

DFL

56A

FOR

Tom Emmer

Republican

19B

AGAINST

Brad Finstad

Republican

21B

AGAINST

Patti Fritz

DFL

26B

FOR

Steve Gottwalt

Republican

15A

FOR

Rod Hamilton

Republican

22B

AGAINST

Thomas Huntley

DFL

07A

FOR

Tina Liebling

DFL

30A

FOR

Diane Loeffler

DFL

59A

FOR

Erin Murphy

DFL

64A

FOR

Kim Norton

DFL

29B

FOR

Mary Ellen Otremba

DFL

11B

AGAINST

Maria Ruud

DFL

42A

FOR

Paul Thissen

DFL

63A

FOR

Ken Tschumper

DFL

31B

FOR

Neva Walker

DFL

61B

FOR





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