Terry Kilgore and The Smoking Ban
Published: February 13, 2009
Delegate Terry Kilgore, a Republican from Gate City, is the chief architect of amendments that burned holes in legislation for a statewide smoking ban in Virginia.
Kilgore says the original version chips away at business owners’ freedom. We say what started as an imperfect compromise between the House of Delegates leadership and the governor is becoming a joke.
For four years, House Speaker William Howell and Republicans in the House of Delegates have stopped any effort to enact a statewide smoking ban in Virginia’s restaurants. Last week, Howell said they were supporting a compromise – all restaurants in Virginia would be smoke-free, except private clubs and any restaurant that provides a separate smoking room with a separate ventilation system. Read it All.
While I am not happy with the bill, I do applaud Kilgore for tearing some holes in it.