March 29, 2007
Governor Kaine has proposed a statewide ban on smoking in restaurants in order to protect workers, not customers.
Kaine says diners can who don't want to be exposed to second hand smoke don't have to be. Customers can choose to go to a non smoking restaurant or to stay at home.
He says that workers have fewer choices and amended legislation that would have required restaurants that allow smoking to post a sign saying so. The bill would have eliminated restaurants to offer a smoking section.
House Majority Leader Morgan Griffith, the bill's original sponsor, says that he will try and convince lawmakers to reject Kaine's amendments when they reconvene Wednesday for the one day veto session.