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Does 2013 offer hope for anti-tobacco, anti-texting bills in Oklahoma?

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board Published: December 16, 2012
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Year after year, the Legislature has rejected sensible measures to curb text-messaging by drivers and to give cities and towns more leeway in enacting smoke-free ordinances. Will 2013 be any different?

State Health Commissioner Terry Cline says his office will try again to get a “local control” bill through the Legislature. In Oklahoma, municipalities aren't allowed to enact tobacco-related rules that are more strict than state law. Cline and others have been working to change that, armed with statistics that highlight the toll, in lives and health care costs, that smoking takes on Oklahomans.

This year, a House bill that would have let local governments adopt ordinances to control smoking in public places didn't make it through a Senate committee. The committee chairman said that bill's ultimate goal was unclear. In 2011, overly broad language derailed a local control bill. That measure had the potential to give cities and towns the ability to regulate how tobacco products were displayed in stores, advertised and even taxed, which understandably had retailers nervous.

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by The Oklahoman Editorial Board
The Oklahoman Editorial Board consists of Gary Pierson, President and CEO of The Oklahoma Publishing Company; Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman; Kelly Dyer Fry, editor and vice president of news; Christy Gaylord...
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