In the State Legislature, Denton State Rep. Introduced A No-Smoking Bill
As we mentioned on Monday, there's been some suggestion that smoking bans are hazardous to bars' health. Appropriately, then, Crownover's spokesman, Kevin Cruser, offers the following reason for the bill at this time. --Robert Wilonsky
While [Dallas and Austin] are encouraging smoking bans, as long as someone can drive a few miles up the road to a different town, smoking in public establishments will continue to thrive, Cruser said, since the existing bans are on a municipal level only.Update: Greg Janda at KXAS-Channel 5 sends word that the NBC affiliate ran a piece on the bill last night. The video follows after the jump.
"In Dallas, there's a new town every two miles. Those are the businesses that suffer, because you can literally drive down the road and find a place that will let you smoke. This bill levels the playing field for everybody," he said.