One thing was clear from the candidate questionnaires that Smokefree DC reviewed last week: Most candidates vying for office in the April 1 primary are spot-on when it comes to understanding some key secondhand smoke issues. At the same time, though, they are clueless about other secondhand smoke issues, often contradicting the logic they exhibited [...]
Flickr photo of Phil Mendelson courtesy of mar is sea Y
Last week, the D.C. Council voted unanimously to make all D.C. parks and bus shelters smokefree.
There’s just one hitch: The bill was weakened by the Council Chair, Phil Mendelson, who amended it on the floor.
His amendments, which we didn’t get until well after the [...]
The D.C. Council took a major step today by making all city parks and bus shelters smokefree.
It marks the first time that the city has required any outdoor areas to be smokefree. (The Council has passed legislation permitting business owners to post no-smoking signs in front of their doors, but that is voluntary. And the [...]
The D.C. Council today voted 10-3 for a measure to make D.C. parks, recreation centers, pools, trails and bus shelters smokefree. This is the first of two votes; the final vote on Bill 20-95, the “Smoking Restriction Amendment Act of 2013,” (a better name would be the “Kids Can Breathe Clean Air Act”) will come [...]
Great news: What started as a smokefree playground bill now includes parks, recreation centers and bus stops. It was approved unanimously today by the D.C. Council Committee on Transportation and the Environment.
According to the committee report for Bill 20-095, the “Smoking Restriction Amendment Act of 2013″ (could we rename it something like, the “Kids Will [...]
flickr photo courtesy of Ants Colony
The good news from today’s hearing by the D.C. Council’s Committee on Transportation and the Environment on two smokefree playground bills: The committee’s chair, Mary Cheh (Ward 3), was extremely receptive to the testimony of those who spoke. She said she would like to expand the scope of the bill, [...]
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By Bob Summersgill, Smokefree DC board member
D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown resigned yesterday in disgrace, after the U.S. Attorney filed felony bank fraud charges against him. I’m angry about the fraud. I am angry that he was ever on the Council. I am angry that he lied to us. He disgraced [...]
On Thursday, Smokefree DC sent the following letter to D.C. Council Chair Kwame Brown. We ccd the entire Council.
Aug. 25, 2011
The Hon. Kwame Brown
Chairman, Council of the District of Columbia
1350 Pennsylvania Ave., Suite 504
Washington, DC 20004
Dear Chairman Brown,
We’re writing to tell you that the information you relied upon to support your vote for an exemption [...]
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The case of the convoluted budget amendment just got messier.
Mayor Vincent Gray has vetoed a measure that was supposed to narrow a huge exemption to the smokefree workplaces law — an exemption that the D.C. Council passed in June without public notice. (They claimed it was an accident.) However, because [...]
Here’s what the D.C. Council didn’t do today: It didn’t entirely repeal the broad exemption to the smokefree workplaces law that it passed “inadvertently” last month. The language would have permitted 79 hotels to have one cigar-smoking event each year.
But Fight Night, a charity fundraiser, will get to have cigar-smoking at its next event.
The language [...]