The Nanny State Continues
- If a Chicago lawmaker has his way, all Illinois bars will go smoke-free before Chicago's ordinance takes effect.
State Sen. John Cullerton (D-Chicago) said Thursday he's going to push for a smoking ban in all Illinois workplaces -- including bars and restaurants -- to begin in January 2008. His bill, if passed, would supersede Chicago's smoking ban, which currently gives bars until July 2008 to go smoke-free.
"There's simply no reason why, in this year, hospitality workers such as waitresses, servers and bartenders shouldn't have the same health protection that exists in office buildings where most of us work," Cullerton said.
Just a few little questions - but where is Cullerton supposing he's going to make up all the tax revenues that are generated by sales of cigarettes and such in bars? Or come up with revenue to enforce this law? The shortsightedness of the nanny state people never ceases to amaze us.