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MO: Democrats want to ban smoking in Capitol offices

By   /   January 11, 2013  /   1 Comment

SMOKING: Now allowed in prisons and your state’s Capitol building.

By Johnny Kampis | Missouri Watchdog

ST. LOUIS – Some lawmakers want to end one of the more hypocritical laws in Missouri that allow their brethren to smoke in their Capitol offices.

House Democrats announced this week they want to end that practice. State law already prohibits smoking in all public buildings except for prisons and in some public areas of the Capitol in Jefferson City.

Yes, that essentially means the people who are most apt to smoke in a public building are convicts and legislators.

House Minority Leader Jack Hummel, D-St. Louis, said Democrats will push to extend the smoking ban to Capitol offices when the House adopts new operational rules next week.

“The time has come to finally put an end to smoking in the Capitol,” Hummel said. “It’s 2013, and that’s simply the way it has to be.”

Democrats tried a ban in 2011, but the measure failed, with most Republicans voting against it.



Johnny Kampis is National Watchdog Reporter for Watchdog.org. Johnny previously worked in the newspaper industry and as a freelance writer, and has been published in The New York Times, Time.com, FoxNews.com and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. A former semi-professional poker player, he is writing a book documenting the poker scene at the 2016 World Series of Poker, a decade after the peak of the poker boom. Johnny is also a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors.

  • Why wasn’t it part of the original ban? Unlike a privately owned bar, the Capitol is truly a PUBLIC building owned and operated by the taxpayers.