Not surprisingly, the Idaho State Journal is a few steps behind. In today's newspaper is a fine article on the Idaho Clean Indoor Air Act. But...the ISJ supports the legal loophole area businesses, including the restaurant that started this headache, Kim's Poppa Pauls, have taken advantage of.
"Resaurant owner Kim Taylor defied the Idaho Clean Indoor Air Act passed by legislature this year, which bans smoking in public places except for bowling alleys and bars and other businesses restricting clientele to age 21 and over. Also exempt are social, fraternal, and religious organizations. It is that last clause which Taylor believes is a loophole." (ISJ/8.8.04)
Why didn't anyone call me two weeks ago? What the ISJ failed to mention is the tax payers money that went into this bill and that after passing on the senate floor it failed on the restaurant floor. All that the ISJ presented in the article was the loss of business for Ms. Taylor, the known harmful effects of smoking, and their belief that "eateries can use legal loophole to allow smoking, but customers decide if it's acceptable."
No Kidding! But, for those of us truly stirred up by this "loophole," Senator Brent Hill who originally sponsored the bill, will be holding public hearings on this new smoking rule in Pocatello. (One is scheduled for the 17th at the Ameritel Inn.)
I'll look into it and get back with you all.