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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 [...]
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Here’s an update on the enormous exemption the D.C. Council created in the city’s smokefree workplaces law: They claim it was an accident.
They meant to vote to approve just an exemption for two events a year, Councilmember Mary Cheh (Ward 3) told my colleague, Bob Summersgill. In fact, the Council [...]