People Ban: GA Smokefree Air Act of 2005

Georgia “Georgia Smokefree Air Act of 2005”

 

Georgia House of Representatives

Name          Dis  E-mail

Neal           01  jay.neal@house.ga.gov
Scott          02  martin.scott@house.ga.gov
Forster        03  ron.forster@house.ga.gov
Williams       04  wroger@alltel.net
Meadows        05  john.meadows@house.ga.gov
Dickson        06  tom.dickson@house.ga.gov
Ralston        07  dralston1@etcmail.com
Jenkins        08  charles.jenkins@house.ga.gov
Amerson        09  hamerson@alltel.net
Bridges        10  ben.bridges@house.ga.gov
Reece          11  barbara.reece@house.ga.gov
Graves         12  tom.graves@house.ga.gov
Smith          13  paul.smith@house.ga.gov
Loudermilk     14  barry@barryloudermilk.com
Lewis          15  jeff.lewis@house.ga.gov
Cummings       16  bill.cummings@house.ga.gov
Maxwell        17  howard.maxwell@house.ga.gov
Butler         18  mark.butler@house.ga.gov
Richardson     19  glenn.richardson@house.ga.gov
Byrd           20  charlice.byrd@house.ga.gov
Hill           21  calvin.hill@house.ga.gov
Scheid         22  chuckscheid@msn.com
Murphy         23  jack.murphy@house.ga.gov
Knox           24  tom.knox@house.ga.gov
Mills          25  james.mills@house.ga.gov
Rogers         26  carl.rogers@house.ga.gov
Reece          27  stacey.reece@house.ga.gov
Jamieson       28  jeanette.jamieson@house.ga.gov
Powell         29  alanpowell23@hotmail.com
McCall         30  tom.mccall@house.ga.gov
Benton         31  tommy.benton@house.ga.gov
Manning        32  judy.manning@house.ga.gov
Wix            33  dwix@mindspring.com
Golick         34  rich.golich@house.ga.gov
Setzler        35  lesetzler@mactec.com
Ehrhart        36  eaeh@facilitygroup.com
Jonson         37  terryjonson@cobb.net
Tumlin         38  stevetumlin@bellsouth.net
Morgan         39  alisha@alishamorgan.com
Teilhet        40  rteilhet@yahoo.com
Cooper         41  sharon.cooper@house.ga.gov
Parsons        42  repdon@gmail.com
Franklin       43  bobby.franklin@house.ga.gov
Jones          44  info@sheilajones.org
Dollar         45  matt.dollar@house.ga.gov
Jones          46  janjones38@bellsouth.net
Martin         47  chuck@martinforgeorgia.com
Geisinger      48  harry.geisinger@house.ga.gov
Willard        49  wkwillard@hotmail.com
Burkhalter     50  mark.burkhalter@house.ga.gov
Rice           51  tom.rice@house.ga.gov
Wilkinson      52  joe.wilkinson@house.ga.gov
Stanley-Turner 53  N/A
Lindsey        54  edward.lindsey@house.ga.gov
Thomas         55  N/A
Ashe           56  kathyashe56@mindspring.com
Gardner        57  pat@patgardner.com
Orrock         58  nan.orrock@house.ga.gov
Dean           59  douglas.dean@house.ga.gov
Sinkfield      60  georganna.sinkfield@house.ga.gov
Holmes         61  carglor9@cs.com
Heckstall      62  joe.heckstall@house.ga.gov
Brooks         63  tyrone.brooks@house.ga.gov
Bruce          64  rbruce5347@aol.com
Beasley-Teague 65  N/A
Fludd          66  virgil.fludd@house.ga.gov
Hembree        67  bill.hembree@house.ga.gov
Bearden        68  tim.bearden@house.ga.gov
Brown          69  jeff.brown@house.ga.gov
Smith          70  lynn.smith@house.ga.gov
Horne          71  gahouse71@yahoo.com
Lakly          72  dlakly@mindspring.com
Yates          73  john.yates@house.ga.gov
Abdul-Salaam   74  N/A
Dodson         75  dodson.ron@worldnet.att.net
Buckner        76  gail.buckner@house.ga.gov
Jordan         77  darryl.jordan@house.ga.gov
Barnes         78  repmikebarnes@aol.com
Millar         79  fran_millar@palmercay.com
Jacobs         80  mike@meetmikejacobs.com
Chambers       81  jill.chambers@house.ga.gov
Jennings       82  paul.jennings@house.ga.gov
Oliver         83  N/A
McClinton      84  joann.mcclinton@house.ga.gov
Benfield       85  stuckey@mindspring.com
Drenner        86  dren16999@mindspring.com
Henson         87  michele.henson@house.ga.gov
Mitchell       88  billy.mitchell@house.ga.gov
Williams       89  earnest.williams@house.ga.gov
Mosby          90  mosb7101@hotmail.com
Watson         91  staxx@bellsouth.net
Stephenson     92  pam.stephenson@house.ga.gov
Sailor         93  ron.sailor@house.ga.gov
Mangham        94  randal.mangham@house.ga.gov
Mumford        95  robert.mumford@house.ga.gov
Marin          96  marinstatehouse@aol.com
Coleman        97  brooks.coleman@house.ga.gov
Reese          98  bobby-reese@bellsouth.net
Floyd          99  hugh.floyd@house.ga.gov
Thomas        100  brian.thomas@house.ga.gov
Coan          101  repcoan@charter.net
Cox           102  clay.cox@house.ga.gov
Casas         103  david.casas@house.ga.gov
Heard         104  john.heard@house.ga.gov
Sheldon       105  donna.sheldon@house.ga.gov
Everson       106  melvin.everson@house.ga.gov
Walker        107  lwalker@nfumc.org
England       108  englandhomeport2@alltel.net
Davis         109  steve.davis@house.ga.gov
Lunsford      110  john.lunsford@house.ga.gov
May           111  jeff.may@house.ga.gov
Holt          112  doug@dougholt.org
Smith         113  smith98@bellsouth.net
Heard         114  keith.heard@house.ga.gov
Kidd          115  jbvkidd@aol.com
Channell      116  mickey.channell@house.ga.gov
Fleming       117  barry.fleming@house.ga.gov
Harbin        118  ben.harbin@house.ga.gov
Burmeister    119  subrmyster@aol.com
Murphy        120  quincy.murphy@house.ga.gov
Howard        121  earnestine.howard@house.ga.gov
Warren        122  petewarren99@comcast.net
Anderson      123  alberta.anderson@house.ga.gov
Hudson        124  sistiehudson@aol.com
Cole          125  jim.cole@house.ga.gov
Knight        126  david.knight@house.ga.gov
Crawford      127  mack.crawford@house.ga.gov
Von Epps      128  carl.epps@house.ga.gov
Smith         129  vance.smith@house.ga.gov
Buckner       130  debbie.buckner@house.ga.gov
Smith         131  richard@smithforgeorgia.com
Smyre         132  calvinsmyre@synovus.com
Hugley        133  carolyn.hugley@house.ga.gov
Cheokas       134  mike.cheokas@house.ga.gov
James         135  lynmore.james@house.ga.gov
Ray           136  robert.ray@house.ga.gov
Graves        137  repdavidgraves@hotmail.com
Randall       138  nikki.randall@house.ga.gov
Lucas         139  david.lucas@house.ga.gov
Freeman       140  agfreeman@cox.net
Parham        141  bobby.parham@house.ga.gov
Lord          142  jimmy.lord@house.ga.gov
Porter        143  dubose.porter@house.ga.gov
Coleman       144  terry.coleman@house.ga.gov
Talton        145  willie.talton@house.ga.gov
O’Neal        146  larry.oneal@house.ga.gov
Floyd         147  johnny.floyd@house.ga.gov
Hanner        148  bob.hanner@house.ga.gov
Greene        149  gerald.greene@house.ga.gov
Dukes         150  winfred.dukes@house.ga.gov
Sims          151  N/A
Rynders       152  ed.rynders@house.ga.gov
Scott         153  austin.scott@house.ga.gov
Roberts       154  jayroberts@alltel.net
Morris        155  greg.morris@house.ga.gov
Parrish       156  larry.parrish@house.ga.gov
Burns         157  jon.burns@house.ga.gov
Lane          158  bob.lane@house.ga.gov
Carter        159  bcarter331@aol.com
Bryant        160  bob.bryant@house.ga.gov
Jackson       161  lester.jackson@house.ga.gov
Bordeaux      162  tom.bordeaux@house.ga.gov
Day           163  burke.day@house.ga.gov
Stephens      164  quickrxdrg@aol.com
Williams      165  caw@coastalnow.net
Barnard       166  terry.barnard@house.ga.gov
Lane          167  rogerlane167@hotmail.com
Smith         168  tommy.smith@house.ga.gov
Sims          169  chuck.sims@house.ga.gov
Houston       170  penny.houston@house.ga.gov
Royal         171  richard.royal@house.ga.gov
Maddox        172  topdrawer@mchsi.com
Keown         173  mkfnbc@rose.net
Black         174  ellblack@surfsouth.com
Borders       175  ron.borders@house.ga.gov
Shaw          176  jay.shaw@house.ga.gov
Hatfield      177  mark.hatfield@house.ga.gov
Mosley        178  hinson.mosley@house.ga.gov
Keen          179  jerry.keen@house.ga.gov
Hill          180  cecily.hill@house.ga.gov


Ga. Governor Signs Bill Banning Smoking

The Associated Press
May 9, 2005

ATLANTA — Gov. Sonny Perdue signed a bill Monday to ban smoking in most public places in Georgia, ending a guessing game that had gone on for weeks.

The law will allow smokers to light up in only a few places, including bars and restaurants that do not admit people under 18; designated hotel and motel rooms; and workplace smoking areas that have an independent air handling system. Violators face fines of $100 to $500.

The Republican governor had said for weeks that he had misgivings about the bill, believing that government should not become “the end-all and be-all nanny for all people.”

His decision came just one day short of the deadline for him to sign or veto bills passed during the most recent session of the Legislature.

Of 14 tobacco-growing states surveyed by the National Conference of State Legislatures, only Florida has as broad a ban as Georgia’s.
http://www.washingtonpost.com


Smoking Ban Headed For Governor’s Desk

April 1, 2005

ATLANTA — A smoking ban in most public buildings got final approval in the Legislature late Thursday, but in a weaker form than it was originally proposed.

Senators voted 46-4 to give final approval to the ban, agreeing to a list of exemptions added by the House.

The original version would have banned tobacco smoking in virtually all public buildings. But House members added a list of exemptions — including bars, restaurants that serve only adults and small businesses.

Smoking also would be allowed in lounges at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Despite the changes, backers who have pushed the bill for the past three years celebrated its passage. Sen. Don Thomas of Dalton, a doctor who sponsored the bill, said it will save thousands of lives.

Local governments that already have stricter smoking laws will be allowed to keep them under the bill, and may pass tougher ones in the future.

The plan must now be signed by Gov. Sonny Perdue to become law. The ban would go into effect on July 1.
http://www.news4jax.com/


Let him know that if he signs SB90, he can expect tourism to drop as
it has in other smoker hating states. Let him know that if he signs
it, your plans to spend your vacation or have your conference in GA
will change.

Here is contact info for the Governor:

Governor Sonny Perdue
Web Site:  http://www.gov.state.ga.us/
E-mail: Contact Via ‘Web Form.’

203 State Capitol
Atlanta, GA 30334
Phone: (404) 656-1776
Fax: (404) 656-5947


Ga. House Approves Smoking Ban  

March 23, 2005
ATLANTA (AP) A statewide smoking ban was approved by the Georgia House Tuesday, but not before lawmakers from both parties loaded up the bill with plenty of exemptions.

The bill would ban smoking in most indoor buildings, but the House spent more than three hours adding exceptions for places like bars, private rooms in restaurants and business that employ fewer than 10 people.

The tweaks came amid complaints that a smoking ban earlier adopted by the Senate went too far in telling people where they couldn’t smoke. One lawmaker, Republican Rep. Dan Lakly, even called it “reminiscent of Nazi Germany.”

After the exceptions were added, the smoking ban was approved 118-52. It now must return to the Senate because of all the House’s changes.

If the bill becomes law, Georgia would join 11 other states with some sort of statewide smoking bans. Four of those states, including Florida, still allow smoking in bars.

The smoking ban has proved one of the session’s most divisive, and the question didn’t fall along party lines. Republicans sponsored the bill, but some other Republicans denounced it as un-conservative and a gross infringement on personal rights.

“It is not the core function of government to control the lives of free people at dinner,” said Rep. Charlice Byrd, R-Woodstock. “We are invited to this Capitol as stewards, not as nannies.”

But most House members liked the smoking ban, once it was weakened to exempt some areas. To the argument that the bill would create more government intrusion, they countered that the government would spend less money if it didn’t have to pay health care costs for smokers.

“I refuse to believe that the inconvenience of asking a smoker to step outside outweighs the cost, inconvenience and health risks of the nonsmoker,” said Rep. Stacey Reece, R-Gainesville, who sponsored the bill.

The version ultimately approved would set up a patchwork of zones where smoking would be allowed. In bowling alleys, no. In military clubs, yes. In restaurants, no. Unless the restaurants only served adults, or set up private rooms with separate ventilation for smoking events.

It just gets more complicated from there.

“Let me get this straight. You will be able to smoke at the airport, but not at the Huddle House in Toccoa, Ga.?” asked Democratic Rep. Jeanette Jamieson.

She was correct. Sort of. Smoking would be allowed at international airports, like the one in Atlanta, but not at other airports.

The bill would also let stand existing smoking bans in several Georgia cities and counties. Some of those have different rules than the one approved by lawmakers.

Lawmakers expect more negotiations before a final smoking ban is hammered out. If they can’t agree by the end of next week, the question will die until next year.

“It’s a political hot potato,” said Rep. Ed Rynders, R-Albany.

http://wsbradio.com/news/032305smokingban3a.html


Legislature’s proposed indoor smoking ban ignites debate

March 21, 2005
By Liz Fabian
Telegraph Staff Writer

Many bar and restaurant owners may be forced to choose between smokers and families with children under changes to the proposed statewide indoor smoking ban.

While the Georgia Senate passed a ban on smoking in most public buildings, a House committee voted last Tuesday to allow smoking in bars and restaurants if the minimum age for entry is 18 years old.

The full House must now debate the issue.

The exemption to the ban could create a dilemma for restaurants that include bars. In order to allow smoking, owners would have to turn away those under 18.

Restaurant owner Cesare Mammarella only allows smoking in the bar sections of the Tic-Toc Room and Luigi’s Bistro on Cherry Street. Luigi’s Bistro on Northside Drive is already a complete no-smoking restaurant, he said, but that doesn’t mean he favors the ban.

“Cigarettes are legal,” Mammarella said. “I know it’s a whole health thing, but it’s too much government in my business.”

If the current smoking proposal is approved, he has a tough decision to make.

“If I had a choice, I’d probably do 18 and over (at Tic-Toc),” Mammarella said.

He would likely make Luigi’s on Cherry Street another no-smoking restaurant rather than turn families away, he said.

Smoking is already banned in DeKalb County where Mammarella owns The Cabin Room restaurant. If someone is caught smoking there, the citation goes to the smoker, not the owner, he said.

“So who’s going to enforce it?” Mammarella asked.

The owner of The Rookery, Jim Kee, also has enforcement questions.

“I want to have smoking available to my customers,” Kee said. “But to have them make us be a watchdog making sure we don’t have anyone under 18, that means I’m working for the government.”

Kee said they don’t have too many children coming into the restaurant, but he wouldn’t want to turn any of them away.

The law would likely force Steve and Brian Kipper of Warner Robins to split their businesses between smoking and nonsmoking. The two own Beef O’Brady’s, a sports bar franchise geared toward families, and their own restaurant/bar, Kipper’s Sports Grill, which is geared toward adults.

Steve Kipper said his initial reaction to the legislation in the house is that it would likely mean Beef O’Brady’s would go smokeless, even though it was designed to allow a smoking section away from the family-oriented dining area.

“So much of our business is based on the families, we would almost have to choose nonsmoking,” Steve Kipper said.

Brian Kipper said that he was against the plan in the Senate that would ban smoking areas and would prefer a law that would only require restaurants to post signs stating the restaurant’s smoking policy, leaving people a choice.

“We understand the health concerns associated with smoking, but we think that adults should be allowed to make their own decisions about using a legal product, just as they are allowed to with alcohol,” Brian Kipper said.

The law that would give restaurants the choice to be a restaurant and cater to families, or be a bar and cater to adults would be his preference between the Senate and House versions of the bill, Brian Kipper said.

Buffalo’s Southwest Cafe in Warner Robins would take a hit in the 18-and-over bill; general manager Tim Denton said that because the restaurant caters to families it would mean that smokers would have to be pushed outdoors.

“We’d probably have to have nonsmoking in the restaurant and build a bigger deck,” Denton said.

At Ingleside Village Pizza, owner Tina Dickson restricted smoking to the counter when she remodeled the restaurant about five years ago, she said.

“I will never say kids 18 and under can’t come in,” Dickson said. “I’m a family restaurant. I love my families.”

Part of the reason Dickson kept a small smoking section is to cater to smoking employees, she said.

The House committee changes would allow businesses to create indoor employee smoking lounges with a separate ventilation system, if nonsmokers did not have to enter them during the normal course of business.

At Jocks & Jills, smoking is currently restricted to the bar, said general manager Jon Paxton.

“We’re hoping we’ll be able to keep it the same because the bar and the bistro area is separate,” Paxton said. “We have ceilings probably 15 to 20 feet tall so we hardly ever get complaints.”

Paxton would prefer that legislatures not make any laws that infringe on people’s rights, but is prepared to adjust to proposed changes.

If the law will not allow smoking in the bar, Paxton said he will convert the outside patio to a smoking section.

“You don’t want to upset or lose any customers, so we’ll try to do what we can,” he said.
http://www.macon.com/mld/macon/11192452.htm


Top lawmakers: Smoking ban certain in some form

March 21, 2005
KRISTEN WYATT
Associated Press

ATLANTA – Georgia is certain to have a statewide smoking ban in some form, top lawmakers from both parties said as the House prepared for a Tuesday vote on the ban.

An indoor smoking ban has already passed the Senate, but its outcome was at first uncertain in the House. House Speaker Glenn Richardson called it “un-American” earlier in the session; other ruling Republicans cited personal freedom concerns.

But the tide has apparently turned.

On Monday, after a House committee scheduled the vote, top-ranking lawmakers from both parties said they believed a smoking ban was certain to pass in some form.

“We’ll pass a fairly strong smoking ban,” said Rep. Earl Ehrhart, R-Powder Springs, chairman of the committee that scheduled the vote. “Health is the first issue.”

Even some of the smoking ban’s strongest opponents now say they’ll support it. Rep. Gene Maddox, a Cairo Republican who called the ban an infringement of freedom in a committee, said Monday he’d vote for the ban. “It’s a health issue,” he said.

It was unclear, though, what the smoking ban would look like. Already the House has significantly weakened the ban approved by the Senate. That bill would have made it illegal to light up even in bars. A House committee voted to exempt bars and restaurants where patrons have to be at least 18 years old.

House members also decided that smoking should still be allowed in lounges at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport because fliers may not be able to step outside on layovers.

More changes are possible. Several House members plan to suggest amendments during Tuesday’s floor debate. Legislators said they expected a lively debate, but that some statewide smoking ban would ultimately be approved. Already eight counties have smoking bans.

“I’m expecting some version of it” to become law, said House Democratic Leader DuBose Porter.

Still, health activists weren’t ready to stop lobbying for the smoking ban Monday, saying its passage wasn’t certain.

“We have a chance, but we’re going to have to work very hard,” said June Deen of the American Lung Association.

ON THE NET

Read Senate Bill 40: http://www.legis.state.ga.us/
http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/mld/ledgerenquirer/news/politics/11194271.htm


House Committee Passes Smoking Ban

March 15, 2005

People should be allowed to smoke in bars, even if they can NOT smoke anywhere else.

That’s what a House committee decided this afternoon as they approved a smoking ban that has already passed the Senate.

But the Senate version included no exception for bars and restaurants.

The House changed the bill to allow bars and restaurants where you have to be 18 to enter to still allow indoor smoking.

The House also exempted smoking lounges at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport beca

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