As expected, the D.C. City Council passed its long debated smoking ban yesterday. Health fascists, feel free to gloat in the comments section. Assorted notes on the subject:
2) What is the deal with Mayor Anthony Williams’ sudden declaration against the smoking ban? If he really meant it, his opposition might have been a little more useful sometime before the bill’s passage became a veto-proof certainty. Call me cynical, but it looks to me like this might have just been his way of being remembered by smokers and bar owners as an opponent of the ban without having to actually make enemies on the other side through effective action. Thanks anyway, pal.
3) Quote of the day goes to Health Committtee chairman David Catania:
“I’m pleased that we were able to move forward on this important health issue,” Catania said. The fact that both sides are not totally happy with the bill means it was a good compromise, he added.
When government takes away some liberty, but not as much liberty as it really wants, everybody wins!
4) A doff of my hat to Carol Schwartz, who fought the good fight and made the single no vote on the measure.