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.”