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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)

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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 08 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 08 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

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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 08 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