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Citizen files complaint about making House smoke free

Date: January 27, 2011
By: Meghann Mollerus
State Capitol Bureau

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Lawmakers want to be able to smoke in their own offices, despite an Americans with Disabilities Act complaint filed by a Missourian . Meghann Mollerus (MOLE-AIR-US) has more from Jefferson City.
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Wrap: Rossie Judd filed the complaint because the House of Representatives rejected a bill banning smoking in all House offices.

 Almost four dozen lawmakers voted for smoking to be banned completely in legislators' offices, but Republican Majority Leader Tim Jones says lawmakers are entitiled to their own freedoms.

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Description: "Because of the fact that people are elected from each of their representative districts, they also come up here with a certain degree of autonomy and a certain degree of their own personal freedoms and liberties."

The St. Louis Democrat who proposed the bill says she wants everyone to smoke outside of the building, saying no visitor should be exposed to second-hand smoke.

From the Capitol, I'm Meghann Mollerus.

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After Missouri's House failed to pass a smoking ban for the Capitol, one Missourian has filed a federal complaint. Meghann Mollerus (MOLE-AIR-US) has more from Jefferson City.
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Wrap: Rossie Judd from Fenton filed an Americans with Disabilities Act complaint.

Judd has asthma.

She says she can't meet with her representatives if they are in smokey rooms.

New rules prohibit legislators from smoking in some meeting rooms on the House side of the Capitol, but not their offices.

St. Louis Democratic Representative Jeanette Oxford says that should change.

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Description: "It should never have come down to a partisan thing. The issue of second-hand smoke is a bipartisan issue. There are no democratic lungs or republican lungs. We all deserve the right to breathe safe, clean air."

Republican Majority Leader Tim Jones says the Republicans voted against the ban because of legislators' own liberties.

From the Capitol, I'm Meghann Mollerus.

 

Intro: 
A decision to allow cigarette smoking in Missouri House offices caused a woman to file an Americans with Disabilities Act complaint. Meghann Mollerus (MOLE-AIR-US) has more from Jefferson City.
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Wrap: Rossie Judd from Fenton filed the federal complaint after an overwhelming vote not to make lawmakers' offices smoke free.

Republican Majority Leader Tim Jones says Republicans voted no on the amendment because there are already smoking rules in place.

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Description: "The entire House voted unanimously for the rules that we did pass, including the representative that wanted the entire smoke-free ban."

House staff say Judd is wrong and that she isn't being denied access.

From the Capitol, I'm Meghann Mollerus.


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