Clean the Air in New Mexico
The Smoking Accommodations Act
passed the Public Affairs committee on February 11th. It was heard in Corporations & Transportation
on February 18 and received a tie vote. Senators Kysar, Maes,
McKibben and Rawson voted against it. Senators Aragon, Fidel, Kidd and Maloof voted for it. Robinson, the
bill's sponsor, and Macias were excused. We urge everyone to work on Kidd, Maloof and Macias. The bill can
be removed from the table at any time for a re-vote.
- Oppose Senate Bill 351
- The CCAA opposes passage of SB351 on the grounds that this legislation
does not effectively further state or Albuquerque Clean Air Ordinances
passed in 1986 or 1989 (summary of clean air legislation).
- Senate Bill 351 "Smoking Accomodations Act" was introduced
by Shannon Robinson, D, Albuquerque. This is a preemptive bill. The purpose is to prohibit
smoking in designated areas, provide retail businesses with the option
of providing designated smoke-free and smoking-permitted areas on the business
premises, or permitting smoking anywhere on the business premises.
The CCAA in addition does not support this bill since it removes
local authority to legislate on this issue. After July 1, 1999 cities and
localities will be prohibitted from passing Clean Indoor Air Ordinances
more stringent than above.
This bill is assigned to the Public Affairs Committee, Shannon Robinson,
chair, and to the Corporations and Transportation Committee, Roman Maes,
chair. You can review this bill online by clicking here.
Enter "351" in the available space and select "Senate."
For a PDF copy of the bill, click here.
- Corporations & Transportation Committee members are:
- - underlined names may be emailed directly
- - letters may be faxed at 505.986.4610 - include Room Number for faster delivery
|Joseph A. Fidel
|Roman Maes, Chair
|Leonard Lee Rawson
Public Affairs Committee members are:
|Mary Jane Garcia
|John Arthur Smith
Please call your Senator and ask them to vote NO on this bill.
Ask your colleagues to call theirs as well. If you know a constituent of
any of the above Senators ask them to call their Senator.
- You may write these Senators at:
- Honorable ___________ (It must be addressed to that specific senator)
- Room Number or District
- State Capitol Building
- Attn: Mail Room Dept.
- Santa Fe, NM 87501
Open letter to Senator Phillip Maloof [here]
1999 -- All Rights Reserved|