Governor pushes initiative petition on smoking restrictions
BY BARBARA HOBEROCK World Capitol Bureau
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
2/19/13 at 2:35 PM
OKLAHOMA CITY - Gov. Mary Fallin on Tuesday said she would lead an initiative petition drive to let voters decide whether to crack down on smoking in public places.
The announcement came a day after a Senate panel killed a measure that would have allowed cities and towns to pass tobacco restrictions stricter than state law.
"It's time to let voters decide whether or not they want clean air in public places like bars and restaurants," Fallin said. "I believe the answer will be, 'Yes.'"
The governor said the language of the proposal is still being worked out, but it could range from giving local control on tobacco restrictions to cities and towns to a total statewide ban on smoking in public places.
A man who only identified himself as 'Death' speaks with media members Tuesday at the state Capitol. The man said he was there to thank big tobacco for making his job easier. WAYNE GREENE/Tulsa World