JEFFERSON CITY -- Democrats in the Missouri House have banned smoking in their Capitol offices, and they hope to extend the ban even further.
While smoking is already prohibited in all state buildings except prisons and in public areas of the Capitol, lawmakers are permitted to smoke in their offices.
Democrats have opted to make their offices smoke free, and say they will push to extend the smoking ban to all offices when the MIssouri House adopts new operational rules next week. In a release announcing the move, they point out that the number of lawmakers who smoke in their office has dwindled in recent years.
“The time has come to finally put an end to smoking in the Capitol," said House Minority Leader Jake Hummel, a St. Louis Democrat. "It’s 2013, and that’s simply the way it has to be.”
Democrats made a similar attempt in 2011, but Republicans objected and the idea failed on a mostly party-line vote.