State Senator David Myers, R-Ponca City, wants to snuff our butts and he has introduced Senate Bill 1875 to make it happen.
A mere five years after decreeing that separate “smoking rooms” were required for restaurants wishing to provide a smoking section for patrons, the Oklahoma Legislature will now consider and likely pass a new decree from on high totally banning smoking in not only restaurants but also all bars.
Didn’t several Oklahoma businesses make major investments to comply with the previous smoking ban?
Yes they did, in some instances making major investments to add smoking rooms onto their facilities.
And now it appears that Oklahoma will say “fooled you” to those businesses.
Senator Myers, demonstrating the mentality that has made Oklahoma what it is today, says of the “smoking rooms” added under the 2003 law, “It will be an addition to their facilities”.
What escapes Senator Myers is the fact that had these restaurants needed the “addition to their facilities” they would have made the addition previously without being forced to do so by the previous “Okie Smoking Ban”.
That they did not do so tells the tale.
The additions were made solely to comply with the earlier smoking ban and will be simply wasted space and wasted dollars under the new smoking ban.
Of course Senator Myers in his thoughtfulness provides another five year “grace period” before his law takes effect for restaurants with smoking rooms.
What it does not do is provide any “grace period” for bars of any type, which would be required to go completely “smoke free” on November 1st of this year.
And to demonstrate the depth of Okie stupidity, Senator Myers wants to ban smoking in CIGAR BARS !!!
Hopefully a large number of Oklahomans will tell Senator Myers to “kiss our butts”.
Otherwise Oklahoma Senator David Myers will be snuffing them, right and left…