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SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Senate authors: Sheran; Latz; Rosen; Dibble; Dille. 43 yeas, 21 nays.

SF0238 Status / Minnesota Legislature

SF1194, "Cigarettes safety standards." Senate Authors: Marty; Scheid; Murphy; Dibble; Clark. Companion bill HF1737.

SF1194 Status / Minnesota Legislature

Senate District 1 - LeRoy A. Stumpf (DFL - Plummer).

Senate District 2 - Rod Skoe (DFL - Clearbrook). Voted against SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban].

Senate District 3 - Tom Saxhaug (DFL - Grand Rapids), Majority Whip. Voted against SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban].

Senate District 4 - Mary A. Olson (DFL - Bemidji). Voted for SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban].

Senate District 5 - David J. Tomassoni (DFL - Chisholm). Voted against SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban].

Senate District 6 - Thomas M. Bakk (DFL - Cook). Voted against SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban].

Senate District 7 - Yvonne Prettner Solon (DFL - Duluth), Clinical psychologist, St. Luke's Hillside Center. Voted for SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban].

Senate District 8 - Tony Lourey (DFL - Kerrick). Voted for SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban].

Senate District 9 - Keith Langseth (DFL - Glyndon). Voted for SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban].

Senate District 10 - Senator Dan Skogen (DFL - Hewitt), Majority Whip. Voted for SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. "The legislation, which has been debated for the past 4 years, expands Minnesota’s Clean Indoor Air Act and bans smoking in all bars, restaurants and bingo halls. 'The Freedom to Breathe Act has been debated for several years in our committee,' Senator Skogen said. “I think we are ready for this legislation and I’m pleased we have passed a bill that will protect the health of our workers and cut health care costs in our state.' ... The compromise ban will go into effect October 1, 2007 for bars, restaurants and bingo halls. Exemptions include scientific studies, traditional Native American ceremonies, private residences or automobiles, motel or hotel rooms, tobacco products shops, cabs of heavy commercial vehicles, farm vehicles and construction equipment, family farms that employ two or fewer persons who are not family members, theatrical productions, Washington County Disabled Veterans Rest Camp and locked psychiatric facilities with doctors’ orders. Senator Skogen noted that secondhand smoke is one of the leading causes of preventable death and disease in Minnesota. Studies have shown that waiters and waitresses with long-term exposure to second-hand smoke at work have twice the rate of lung cancer than the national average. 'With passage of this bill, Minnesota has taken a huge step forward in protecting our children, our families and our workers from the deadly affects of second-hand smoke,' Senator Skogen said. 'Tobacco use carries a high health care price tag, and I believe we have made the right decision that will save our state hundreds of thousands of dollars in health care costs.' ... 'Secondhand cigarette smoke contains several toxic chemicals that are extremely harmful,' Senator Skogen said. 'Today we are sending a resounding message to Minnesota workers and all Minnesotans that we are serious about their health and serious about containing health care costs.'" (Freedom to Breathe Passes Senate. Press Release, Senator Dan Skogen, May 14, 2007.)

Senate District 11 - Bill G. Ingebrigtsen (R - Alexandria). Voted against SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban].

Senate District 12 - Paul E. Koering (R - Fort Ripley); Health, Housing and Family Security, Ranking Minority Member. Voted against SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban].

Senate District 13 - Joe Gimse (R - Willmar). Voted for SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban].

Senate District 14 - Michelle L. Fischbach (R - Paynesville). Voted for SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban].

Senate District 15 - Tarryl L. Clark (DFL - St. Cloud). Senate author of SF1194, "Cigarettes safety standards." Voted for SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban].

Senate District 16 - Betsy L. Wergin (R - Princeton) Member, Health, Housing and Family Security Committee. Voted against SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. As of 11/10/08: Lisa A. Fobbe (DFL) 22356; Alison Krueger (R) 22271.

Senate District 17 - Rick E. Olseen (DFL - Harris). Voted for SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban].

Senate District 18 - Steve Dille (R - Dassel); BS, DVM, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota. Co-author of and voted for SF0238, "Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public" [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban.

Senate District 19 - Amy T. Koch (R - Buffalo). Voted against SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban].

Senate District 20 - Gary W. Kubly (DFL - Granite Falls). Voted for SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban].

Senate District 21 - Dennis R. Frederickson (R - New Ulm). Voted for SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban].

Senate District 22 - Jim Vickerman (DFL - Tracy). Voted against SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban].

Senate District 23 - Kathy Sheran (DFL - Mankato), Member, Finance - Health and Human Services Budget Division. Senate author of, and voted for, SF0238, "Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public" [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban. State Sen. Kathy Sheran, DFL-Mankato, has been recognized by two organizations for her legislative accomplishments during the 2007 Session, most notably her authorship of the 'Freedom to Breathe Act.' The Politics in Minnesota publication has named her 'Freshman Legislator of the Year,' and the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians has honored her with a legislative achievement award. Out of 53 freshman legislators, Politics in Minnesota chose Sen. Sheran as their 'Freshman Legislator of the Year' because the smoking ban 'will have such a profound impact on the daily life of Minnesota's five million citizens.' ...'This legislation presented me with a comprehensive opportunity to improve Minnesota’s health,' explained Sen. Sheran. 'Workers and the general public will receive health benefits from reduced exposure to the dangerous effects of secondhand smoke, and as a result, health care costs in our state will decline.'" (Sen. Sheran receives two awards for work on smoking ban. Press Release, June 19, 2007.) "The health impacts of secondhand smoke have been well documented by the nation’s leading researchers and health organizations for the last two decades. Because they are exposed to four to six times more secondhand smoke than others, bar and restaurant workers bear the brunt of these health impacts. They are 50 percent more likely to develop lung cancer, are at greater risk for heart disease and suffer the day-to-day symptoms and illnesses from their elevated exposure to secondhand smoke." (Time to move beyond debate to a healthier smoke-free Minnesota. Press Release, June 14, 2007.) "State Sen. Kathy Sheran, DFL-Mankato, was recently recognized by two health organizations for her work on behalf of public health in Minnesota. Sen. Sheran was named 'Legislator of the Year' by the Allina Health Group and received the 'B. Robert Lewis Award' from the Minnesota Public Health Association. This award honors an elected official who has aggressively pursued health as a human right and works to secure optimal community and personal health." (Sen. Sheran honored with two health awards. Press Release, June 13, 2007.) "Secondhand smoke is one of the leading causes of preventable death and disease in Minnesota. The U.S. Surgeon General concluded in a study released last year that there is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke... 'There are people that work everyday in a smoky environment,' said Sen. Sheran. 'Not only will this affect the health of those workers, but it will also have positive affect on the cost of health care.'" (Statewide smoking ban signed into law. Press Release, May 16, 2007.) "Sen. Sheran commented on opponents’ concerns on the bill. 'We heard about the possible impact on bars and a hope that ventilation might offer a solution' said Sen. Sheran. 'The impact on health and health care costs takes priority. There is no known safe level of secondhand smoke, nor ventilation method that can provide adequate protection.' Sen. Sheran, along with coauthors Sens. Ron Latz (DFL-St. Louis Park) and Scott Dibble (DFL-Minneapolis), have been working on the legislation since day one of the session." (Senate passes Freedom to Breathe Act. Press Release, March 28, 2007.)

Senate District 24 - Julie A. Rosen (R - Fairmont), Member, Finance - Health and Human Services Budget Division. Co-author of and voted for SF0238, "Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public" [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban.

Senate District 25 - Thomas M. Neuville (R - Northfield). Voted against SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Tom Neuville's web page explaining "Why I Voted Against the Statewide Smoking Ban." Note that there is not a single mention of the systematic scientific fraud and corruption.

Why I Voted Against the Statewide Smoking Ban / TomNeuville.com

Senate District 26 - Dick Day (R - Owatonna). Voted against SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban].

Senate District 27 - Dan Sparks (DFL - Austin). Voted against SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban].

Senate District 28 - Steve Murphy (DFL - Red Wing). Senate author of SF1194, "Cigarettes safety standards." Voted for SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban].

Senate District 29 - David H. Senjem (R - Rochester), Business Name: Mayo Clinic. Member of Capital Investment Committee. Voted for SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban].

Senate District 30 - Ann Lynch (DFL - Rochester), Member, Health, Housing and Family Security. "Senator Lynch represents the Rochester area, which holds two major public institutions: the Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota-Rochester. She supported $25 million in one-time funding for the U of M/Mayo bioscience partnership and $8 million in on-going funds for 2010-11. In addition, Sen. Lynch successfully included several projects of significance for southern Minnesota in the 2007 Capital Investment Bill including $2.5 million for the Mayo Civic Center and $1.5 million for the Southeast Minnesota Training Center." (Sen. Lynch appointed to the Capital Investment Committee. Press Release, Aug. 15, 2007.) Voted for SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban].

Senate District 31 - Sharon L. Erickson Ropes (DFL - Winona), Member, Health, Housing and Family Security, and Finance - Health and Human Services Budget Division Committees. Voted for SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban].

Senate District 32 - Warren Limmer (R - Maple Grove). Voted against SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban].

Senate District 33 - Gen Olson (R - Minnetrista). Voted against SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban].

Senate District 34 - Julianne E. Ortman (R - Chanhassen). Voted against SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban].

Senate District 35 - Claire A. Robling (R - Jordan). Voted for SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban].

Senate District 36 - Pat Pariseau (R - Farmington), Registered nurse (retired). Voted against SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban].

Senate District 37 - Chris Gerlach (R - Apple Valley). Voted against SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban].

Senate District 38 - Jim Carlson (DFL - Eagan). Voted for SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban].

Senate District 39 - James P. Metzen (DFL - South St. Paul)

Senate District 40 - John P. Doll (DFL - Burnsville), Member of Health, Housing and Family Security Committee. Voted for SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban].

Senate District 41 - Geoff Michel (R - Edina). Voted for SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban].

Senate District 42 - David W. Hann (R - Eden Prairie), Member of Health, Housing and Family Security Committee. Voted against SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban].

Senate District 43 - Terri E. Bonoff (DFL - Minnetonka). Voted for SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban].

Senate District 44 - Ron Latz (DFL - St. Louis Park) Co-author of and voted for SF0238, "Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public" [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban. Senator Latz was the chief author of the legislation when he served as a House member and was a Senate co-author of the legislation that expands Minnesota’s Clean Indoor Air Act and bans smoking in all bars, restaurants and bingo halls. 'For the past five years I have worked aggressively to promote and pass the Freedom to Breathe Act,' Senator Latz said. 'I’m pleased and proud that we have finally passed a bill that will protect the health of our workers and cut health care costs in our state.' ...Today we are sending a resounding message to Minnesota workers and all Minnesotans that we are serious about their health and serious about containing health care costs.'" (Freedom to Breathe Act Passes House and Senate. Press Release, May 14, 2007.)

Senate District 45 - Ann H. Rest (DFL - New Hope). Voted for SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban].

Senate District 46 - Linda Scheid (DFL - Brooklyn Park). Senate author of SF1194, "Cigarettes safety standards."

Senate District 47 - Leo T. Foley (DFL - Coon Rapids/Anoka). Voted for SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban].

Senate District 48 - Michael J. Jungbauer (R - East Bethel). Voted against SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban].

Senate District 49 - Debbie J. Johnson (R - Ham Lake), Member of Health, Housing and Family Security Committee. Voted against SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban].

Senate District 50 - Satveer S. Chaudhary (DFL - Fridley). Voted for SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban].

Senate District 51 - Don Betzold (DFL - Fridley). Voted for SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban].

Senate District 52 - Ray Vandeveer (R - Forest Lake)

Senate District 53 - Sandy Rummel (DFL - White Bear Lake). Voted for SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban].

Senate District 54 - John Marty (DFL - Roseville), Chairman of of Health, Housing and Family Security Committee. Senate author of SF1194, "Cigarettes safety standards." Voted for SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban].

Senate District 55 - Charles W. Wiger (DFL - Oakdale). Voted for SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban].

Senate District 56 - Kathy L. Saltzman (DFL - Woodbury). Voted for SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban].

Senate District 57 - Katie Sieben (DFL - Newport). Voted for SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban].

Senate District 58 - Linda Higgins (DFL - Minneapolis), Member of Health, Housing and Family Security Committee. Voted for SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban].

Senate District 59 - Lawrence J. Pogemiller (DFL - Minneapolis). Voted for SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban].

Senate District 60 - D. Scott Dibble (DFL - Minneapolis). Co-author of and voted for SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban. "'The Freedom to Breathe Act has generated a great deal of public debate and every year has received increasing support,' said Sen. Dibble, a past chief author of the bill. 'I’m pleased we have finally passed a bill that will protect the health of our workers and cut health care costs in our state.' Secondhand smoke is one of the leading causes of preventable death and disease in Minnesota. Studies have shown that waiters and waitresses with long-term exposure to second-hand smoke at work have twice the rate of lung cancer than the national average. A 2006 report from the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General concluded that there are no safe levels of secondhand smoke, and that even brief exposure to secondhand smoke can cause immediate harm to non-smokers. 'With passage of this bill, Minnesota has taken a huge step forward in protecting our children, our families and our workers from the deadly effects of secondhand smoke,' Sen. Dibble said. 'Today we are sending a resounding message that we care about all Minnesota workers and we are serious about their health and serious about containing health care costs.'" (Freedom to Breathe Act signed into law. Press Release, May 18, 2007.) Senate author of SF1194, "Cigarettes safety standards."

Senate District 61 - Linda Berglin (DFL - Minneapolis), Member of Health, Housing and Family Security Committee. Voted for SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban].

Senate District 62 - Patricia Torres Ray (DFL - Minneapolis), Vice Chair, Health, Housing and Family Security Committee. Voted for SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. "Senator Patricia Torres Ray, DFL-Minneapolis and Representative Steve Gottwalt, R-St. Cloud were appointed co-chairs of the Public Health Work Group of the Legislative Commission on Health Care Access at Wednesday’s Commission Meeting. The Public Health Work Group will look at ways to improve the quality of health services, especially in the area of prevention of childhood obesity and detection of chronic conditions." (Torres Ray appointed co-chair of the Public Health Subcommittee. Press Release, July 13, 2007.)

Senate District 63 - Dan Larson (DFL - Bloomington). Voted for SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. In 2008, Ken Kelash (DFL) defeated Craig Marston (R).

Senate District 64 - Richard J. Cohen (DFL - St. Paul). Voted for SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban].

Senate District 65 - Sandra L. Pappas (DFL - St. Paul). Voted for SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban].

Senate District 66 - Ellen R. Anderson (DFL - St. Paul). Voted for SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban].

Senate District 67 - Mee Moua (DFL - St. Paul). Voted for SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban].

House of Representatives

HF1737, "Cigarette fire safety definitions and reduced ignition propensity standards provided, enforcement provided, fee imposed, and penalties provided." House authors, Atkins; Huntley; Bigham; Ozment; Johnson; Cornish; Lillie; Davnie; Tillberry; Dominguez; Kranz; Simon; Berns; Peterson, N.; Mariani; Hilty; Kahn. Companion: SF1194. Referred by Chair to Public Safety Finance Division 03/21/2007.

HF1737 Status / Minnesota State Legislature

HF1825, "Smoking in a nonsmoking hotel room penalty increased, and civil and criminal penalties imposed." Chief House authors, Kahn; Bly; Abeler; Jaros. N.A.

HF1825 Status / Minnesota State Legislature

HF2432, "Evidence-based health care guidelines provided, provider performance evaluations regulated, voluntary purchasing pool requirements modified, and health promotion and wellness provided." Chief House authors, Abeler and Gottwalt. Introduction and first reading, referred to Health and Human Services, 04/16/2007.

HF2432 Status / Minnesota State Legislature

SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. House authors: Huntley; Severson; Ruud; Norton; Peterson, N.; Brynaert; Greiling; Erhardt; Fritz; Hausman; Tingelstad; Davnie; Gottwalt; Slocum; Paymar; Murphy, E.; Morrow; Tschumper; Loeffler; Benson; Clark; Kahn; Liebling; Hansen. House adopted Senate Conference Committee report and repassed bill 05/14/2007; Governor's action Approval 05/17/2007; Effective date 10/01/07.

SF0238 Status / Minnesota State Legislature

House District 01A - Dave Olin (DFL - Thief River Falls). "I support a smoking ban in restaurants – we need to protect the health of children who are not yet the age of reason and choice. I do not support a smoking ban in bars – patrons are old enough to make choices about where and how they want to socialize. Here is where we have an opportunity to have a reasonable debate – let's talk about how we can share space in bars so that the needs of all patrons are met a little more equitably than current smoking bans are proposing. Lets look at examples like the Black Cat in Thief River that offers smoking and non-smoking facilities with separate ventilation systems. I would like to hear a lot more discussion about innovate approaches to share public air space. We should be able to find a way to live together so that public establishments can accommodate the needs of smokers and non-smokers. There's still time to talk." (Letter to the Editor. Minnesota... Let's Talk About A Smoking Ban. Press Release, Mar. 7, 2007.) Voted for SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Steve Lillestol is the Republican candidate in 2008. Olin defeated Steven Lillestol (R) in 2008.

House District 01B - Bernard Lieder (DFL - Crookston). Voted against SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Lieder defeated Lonn Kiel (R) in 2008.

House District 02A - Kent Eken (DFL - Twin Valley). Voted against SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Eken defeated Steve Green (R) in 2008.

House District 02B - Brita Sailer (DFL - Park Rapids). Voted for SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Sailer defeated Doug Lindgren (R) in 2008.

House District 03A - Tom Anzelc (DFL - Balsam Township). Voted against SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Anzelc defeated Marv Ott (R) in 2008.

House District 03B - Loren Solberg (DFL - Grand Rapids). Member of Health Care and Human Services Finance Division; Housing Policy and Finance and Public Health Finance Division. Voted against SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Solberg defeated Carolyn McElfatrick (R) in 2008.

House District 04A - Frank Moe (DFL - Bemidji) Assistant Majority Leader. Member of Housing Policy and Finance and Public Health Finance Division. Voted against SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. In 2008, John Persell (DFL) defeated John Carlson (R).

House District 04B - Larry Howes (R - Walker). Voted for SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Howes defeated Meg Bye (DFL) in 2008.

House District 05A - Tom Rukavina (DFL - Virginia). Voted against SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Rukavina defeated Greg Knutson (R) in 2008.

House District 05B - Anthony "Tony" Sertich (DFL - Chisholm). Majority Leader. Voted against SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Sertich defeated John D. Larson (R) in 2008.

House District 06A - David Dill (DFL - Crane Lake). Voted against SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Dill defeated Marty Breaker (R) in 2008.

House District 06B - Mary Murphy (DFL - Hermantown). Voted for SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Murphy defeated Steve Townsend (R) in 2008.

House District 07A - Thomas Huntley (DFL - Duluth). Director of Institutional Relations, School of Medicine, University of Minnesota, Duluth; Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, School of Medicine, and Department of Chemistry, College of Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota, Duluth. Member of Finance; Health and Human Services; Health Care and Human Services Finance Division (Chair); Housing Policy and Finance and Public Health Finance Division; Ways and Means Committees. Chief author of and voted for SF0238, "Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public" [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Co-author of HF1737, "Cigarette fire safety definitions and reduced ignition propensity standards provided, enforcement provided, fee imposed, and penalties provided." Huntley defeated Ryan Stauber (R) in 2008.

House District 07B - Mike Jaros (DFL - Duluth). Chief house author of HF1825, "Smoking in a nonsmoking hotel room penalty increased, and civil and criminal penalties imposed." Voted against SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. In 2008, Roger J. Reinert (DFL) defeated Allan Kehr (R) and Jay Cole (I).

House District 08A - Bill Hilty (DFL - Finlayson). Co-author of HF1737, "Cigarette fire safety definitions and reduced ignition propensity standards provided, enforcement provided, fee imposed, and penalties provided." Voted for SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Hilty defeated Tim Hafvenstein (R) in 2008.

House District 08B - Tim Faust (DFL - Mora). Voted for SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Faust defeated Judy Soderstrom (R) in 2008.

House District 09A - Morrie Lanning (R - Moorhead). Voted for SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Lanning defeated Mark Olaf Altenburg (DFL) in 2008.

House District 09B - Paul Marquart (DFL - Dilworth). Voted against SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Marquart defeated Dayna Olson (R) in 2008.

House District 10A - Bud Nornes (R - Fergus Falls). Voted against SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Nornes defeated Glen Menze (R) in 2008.

House District 10B - Dean Simpson (R - Perham). Assistant Minority Leader. Voted against SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. In 2008, Mark Murdock (R) defeated Timothy Nieminen (DFL).

House District 11A - Torrey Westrom (R - Elbow Lake). Voted against SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Westrom defeated Bruce Campbell (DFL) and Dave Holman (I) in 2008.

House District 11B - Mary Ellen Otremba (DFL - Long Prairie). Member of Health and Human Services; Health Care and Human Services Finance Division. Voted against SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Otremba defeated David Kircher (R) in 2008.

House District 12A - John Ward (DFL - Brainerd). B.S., physical education and health, University of Minnesota-Duluth. Voted for SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Ward defeated David Allan Pundt (R) in 2008.

House District 12B - Al Doty (DFL - Royalton). Voted against SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Doty defeated Mike Lemieur (R) in 2008.

House District 13A - Bud Heidgerken (R - Freeport). Voted against SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. In 2008, Paul H. Anderson (R) defeated Bruce Shuck (DFL).

House District 13B - Al Juhnke (DFL - Willmar). Voted for SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Juhnke defeated Bonnie Wilhelm (R) in 2008.

House District 14A - Dan Severson (R - Sauk Rapids). Member of Housing Policy and Finance and Public Health Finance Division. Co-author of and voted for SF0238, "Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public" [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. "The state government requires seat belts to be worn in moving vehicles. We regulate water and food in restaurants and bars. We put restrictions on pollutants in our environment, mercury in our water and other emissions in our air. We monitor and restrict these things because they are a matter of life and death. One out of every two people die in our country from a smoking-related disease. A vast majority of Minnesotans support a statewide smoking ban, and with odds like that, how can you not? According to the U.S. Surgeon General’s report from June 2006, there is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke. Breathing even a little causes risks to your health that directly correlate with heart disease, lung cancer and other acute respiratory affects. The study also concluded that separating smokers from non-smokers, cleaning the air and ventilating a building are not enough to eliminate these risks." (Letter to the Editor. We Need A Statewide Smoking Ban. Press Release, Feb. 5, 2007.) Severson defeated Rob Jacobs (DFL) in 2008.

House District 14B - Larry Hosch (DFL - St. Joseph). Health Care and Human Services Finance Division (Vice Chair). Hosch defeated Jim Stauber (R) in 2008.

House District 15A - Steve Gottwalt (R - St. Cloud). Member of Health and Human Services; Health Care and Human Services Finance Division. Co-author of and voted for SF0238, "Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public" [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Chief House co-author of HF2432, "Evidence-based health care guidelines provided, provider performance evaluations regulated, voluntary purchasing pool requirements modified, and health promotion and wellness provided." Gottwalt defeated Joanne Dorsher (DFL) in 2008.

House District 15B - Larry Haws (DFL - St. Cloud). Voted for SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Haws defeated Joshua Behling (R) in 2008.

House District 16A - Sondra Erickson (R - Princeton). Member of Health Care and Human Services Finance Division. Voted against SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. As of 11/10/2008 2:31:18 PM: Gail Kulick Jackson (DFL) 11044; Erickson 10955.

House District 16B - Mark Olson (R - Big Lake). Voted against SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. "A notable session was last Thursday’s which was dedicated to the statewide smoking ban. Despite many hours of debate, and many alternative compromise proposals offered, the measure passed with almost no leeway for any bar or restaurant... Both of these past two weeks have been filled with reminders of what its like to be in the minority. There were numerous votes taken without any apparent defense or reasons given in debate for the majority’s position. The state constitution and our rules were also often violated, generally as it relates to the Single Subject provision. Not only are these bills encompassing several, in some cases dozens of subjects each, they are being pushed through so fast that a good majority of members cannot possibly fully understand all of what they are voting for." (Legislative Update - April 30, 2007. News Release, Apr. 30, 2007.) In 2008, former Secretary of State Mary Kiffmeyer (R) defeated Steve Andrews (DFL).

House District 17A - Rob Eastlund (R - Isanti). Member of Housing Policy and Finance and Public Health Finance Division. Voted against SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Eastlund defeated Jim Godfrey (DFL) and Daniel R. Sweeney (IVOTEMN) in 2008.

House District 17B - Jeremy Kalin (DFL - North Branch). Voted against SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Kalin defeated Don Taylor (R) in 2008.

House District 18A - Ron Shimanski (R - Silver Lake). Voted against SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Shimanski defeated Eric Angvall (DFL) in 2008.

House District 18B - Dean Urdahl (R - Grove City). Voted for SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Urdahl defeated David G. Detert (DFL) in 2008.

House District 19A - Bruce Anderson (R - Buffalo Township), Member of Finance; Health and Human Services Committee. "I have great faith in the free-market system of government and allowing the market to determine what is best for businesses. I believe that our government, local, state and/or national, should not be placing massive regulations on our businesses and our life. It is, and should be, the government’s duty to protect the rights and freedoms of its people, not to micro manage their daily life. The smoking-ban bill as presented, proposes a one-size-fits-all law that removes the right of bar and restaurant owners and their customers to make the decision that is right for their workers, and customers. Many bars and restaurants have already chosen to become smoke-free - they didn’t need the government to tell them what to do or how to run their business. I believe that you and I, as consumers should have the right and the freedom to patronize the establishments that concur with beliefs on this issue. The final decision of whether an establishment is smoke-free or not, should rest with you and me (its consumers and/or its workers) and not with government mandates. I believe that if enough customers/workers let their voices be heard and their desires known, businesses will respond accordingly. Therefore, I could not support the one-size-fits-all state-wide smoking ban Bill as it was presented to us." (Op/Ed Column, How the Government is Stealing Your Freedoms. Press Release, 4/30/2007.) Voted against SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Anderson defeated Jim Bakula (DFL) in 2008.

House District 19B - Tom Emmer (R - Delano), Deputy Minority Leader.Member of Health and Human Services Committee. Voted against SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Emmer defeated Christine Brazelton (DFL) in 2008.

House District 20A - Aaron Peterson (DFL - Appleton). Assistant Majority Leader. Voted for SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. In 2008, Andrew Falk (DFL) defeated Mike Bredeck (R).

House District 20B - Lyle Koenen (DFL - Clara City). Voted against SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Koenen defeated Don Swoboda (R) in 2008.

House District 21A - Marty Seifert (R - Marshall). Minority Leader. "How is subsidizing a pack-a-day smoker who subjects themselves and their families to the dangers of cigarette smoke improving the health climate in our state? It’s a double-edged sword: We’re giving the nicotine-addicted welfare recipient money to feed their habit, and then we’re paying their health care costs for smoking related illnesses. Plain and simple, smoking is a detriment of the public’s health and welfare. Because of this, I am proposing a new social contract for recipients of public health and welfare programs: the state will refer you to a current help-line to help you stop smoking. If welfare recipients are not interested in this, then there is another choice: stop smoking or face increased premiums, co-pays or possible economic sanctions from the state government." (Guest Column. Our Welfare Money Is Going Up In Smoke. Press Release, Jan. 24, 2005.) Voted against SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Seifert defeated Allen "Al" Kruse (DFL) in 2008.

House District 21B - Brad Finstad (R - Comfrey). Member of Health and Human Services Committee. Voted against SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. In 2008, Paul Torkelson (R) defeated Robert Skillings (DFL).

House District 22A - Doug Magnus (R - Slayton). "Based on the fact that smoking is a major contributor to increasing government health care costs, Magnus said the governor feels smokers should help us cope with those costs. Therefore, he is proposing a 75-cent per pack fee on cigarettes to help pay these skyrocketing costs." (Magnus Supports Governor's Helath [sic] Fee Proposal. News Release, May 23, 2005.) Voted against SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Magnus defeated Mike McCarvel (DFL) in 2008.

House District 22B - Rod Hamilton (R - Mountain Lake). Member of Health and Human Services Committee. An anti-smoker who opposed the ban on the grounds of property rights. (Letter to the editor. Why I Oppose the Statewide Smoking Ban. Press Release, Feb. 7, 2007.) Voted against SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Hamilton defeated Richard Peterson (DFL) in 2008.

House District 23A - Terry Morrow (DFL - St. Peter). Co-author of and voted for SF0238, "Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public" [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Morrow defeated Mike Bidwell (R) in 2008.

House District 23B - Kathy Brynaert (DFL - Mankato). Co-author of and voted for SF0238, "Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public" [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Brynaert defeated Dale E. Jordan (R) in 2008.

House District 24A - Bob Gunther (R - Fairmont). Voted against SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Gunther defeated Dale Hansen (DFL) in 2008.

House District 24B - Tony Cornish (R - Good Thunder) Assistant Minority Whip. Co-author of HF1737, "Cigarette fire safety definitions and reduced ignition propensity standards provided, enforcement provided, fee imposed, and penalties provided." Voted for SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Cornish defeated John Branstad (DFL) in 2008.

House District 25A - Laura Brod (R - New Prague), Assistant Minority Leader. Member of Health and Human Services, Health Care and Human Services Finance Division. Voted against SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Brod defeated Timothy Siebsen (DFL) in 2008.

House District 25B - David Bly (DFL - Northfield). Chief house author of HF1825, "Smoking in a nonsmoking hotel room penalty increased, and civil and criminal penalties imposed." Voted for SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Bly defeated Tim Rud (R) in 2008.

House District 26A - Connie Ruth (R - Owatonna). Voted for SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. In 2008, Kory Kath (DFL) defeated Thomas A. Kuntz (R).

House District 26B - Patti Fritz (DFL - Faribault). Member of Health and Human Services (Vice Chair), and Health Care and Human Services Finance Division. Co-author of and voted for SF0238, "Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public" [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Fritz defeated Otto Luknic (R) in 2008.

House District 27A - Robin Brown (DFL - Austin). Voted for SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Brown defeated Erik Larsen (R) in 2008.

House District 27B - Jeanne Poppe (DFL - Austin). Voted for SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Poppe defeated Brian Thiel (R) in 2008.

House District 28A - Sandy Wollschlager (DFL - Cannon Falls). B.S., chemistry, Augsburg College; M.P.A., Harvard University. Voted for SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Tim Kelly (R) defeated Wollschlager in 2008.

House District 28B - Steve Drazkowski (R - Wabasha). Drazkowski defeated Linda Pfeilsticker (DFL) in 2008.

House District 29A - Randy Demmer (R - Hayfield). Voted against SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Demmer defeated Jim Jensen (DFL) in 2008.

House District 29B - Kim Norton (DFL - Rochester). Member of Health and Human Services Committee. Co-author of and voted for SF0238, "Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public" [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Norton proclaimed that "Statewide smoke-free legislation will make certain that all bars, restaurants, and other establishments are on a level playing field." (House Passes Statewide Smoking Ban. News Release, Apr. 26, 2007.) She was a member of the Conference Committee. (Local Legislator to Serve on "Freedom to Breathe" Conference Committee. News Release, Apr. 30, 2007.) Norton was Vice Chair of the Biosciences and Emerging Technologies Committee and was chief author of a bill to increase funding for the University of Minnesota & Mayo Clinic's Minnesota Partnership for Biotechnology and Medical Genomics. (Rep. Kim Norton Authors Legislation That Will Boost Mayo Clinic Genomics Grant. News Release, Jan. 18, 2007.) Norton defeated Jason Johnson (R) in 2008.

House District 30A - Tina Liebling (DFL - Rochester). B.A., Spanish, University of Minnesota; M.S., public health, University of Massachusetts; J.D., Boston University. Member of Ethics; Health and Human Services; Health Care and Human Services Finance Division. Co-author of and voted for SF0238, "Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public" [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. "The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that cigarette smoking and exposure to second-hand smoke results annually in approximately 440,000 premature deaths in the United States, 5.5 million years of potential life lost, and $92 billion in productivity losses. The dangers associated with second-hand smoke have compelled the state Legislature to consider statewide smoke free workplace legislation this session in the interest of preserving the health of all employees in Minnesota. After several hours of debate on the House floor, the Minnesota House of Representatives passed a bill on Thursday known as the Freedom To Breathe Act by a vote of 85 to 45. Co-authors of the legislation, Rep. Tina Liebling, Rep. Kim Norton both voted in support of the bill... 'I was very pleased to see this legislation pass on the House floor," said Assistant Majority Leader, Rep. Tina Liebling of Rochester. "The dangers associated with second-hand smoke are real. By enacting statewide smoke free workplace legislation, employees in bars and restaurants and all Minnesota citizens will be better protected from the harmful and even deadly effects of inhaling second-hand smoke.'" The bill was on its way to the Conference Committee. (House Passes Statewide Smoking Ban. News Release, Apr. 26, 2007.) Liebling defeated Jake Dettinger (R), a health fascist who wants to meddle in everyone's diet and brainwash children with junk science, in 2008.

House District 30B - Andy Welti (DFL - Plainview). Voted for SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Welti defeated William Kuisle (R), who was a House member from 1996-2004, in 2008.

House District 31A - Gene Pelowski Jr. (DFL - Winona). Voted for SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Pelowski defeated Rhett Zenke (R) in 2008.

House District 31B - Ken Tschumper (DFL - La Crescent). Member of Environmental Justice and Healthy Housing Subcommittee (Chair); Health and Human Services Committees. Co-author of and voted for SF0238, "Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public" [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. "'This is a good bill. By passing the Freedom To Breathe Act, we have moved the State one step closer to achieving a more healthy society,' said Tschumper. 'This legislation is especially important to employees, who will be protected from the deadly effects of second-hand smoking in every restaurant and every bar in this state.' Tschumper also asserted that an important component of addressing the healthcare crisis in our country is prevention, and that prevention means dealing with environmental toxins like secondhand smoke, pesticides and industrial pollutants. 'Secondhand smoke and pesticides like atrazine are huge public health threats that we need to deal with much more aggressively through better public policy than we have in the past. We need to base our decision-making on sound science and not public relations and political influence by expensive lobbyists.' (News Release. House Passes Statewide Smoking Ban; Local Legislator Appointed to Conference Committee. Apr. 27, 2007.) "Rep. Ken Tschumper (DFL – LaCrescent), a member of the conference committee that crafted the final proposal, spoke in support of the bill... 'This is good legislation and I was glad to see it pass on the House floor,' said Tschumper. 'By passing the Freedom To Breathe Act in the House, we have moved the state one step closer to achieving a more healthy society. Employees, customers, children, and all Minnesotans will be protected from the deadly effects of second-hand smoking in every public setting, every restaurant, and every bar in this state.'" (News Release. House Passes Statewide Smoking Ban. May 14, 2007.) Gregory Davids (R) defeated Tschumper in 2008.

House District 32A - Joyce Peppin (R - Rogers). Assistant Minority Whip. Member of Finance; Health Care and Human Services Finance Division. Peppin seems to adore anti-smoker former Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson: "Last week, I had the opportunity to talk about health care with Tommy Thompson, the former U.S. Secretary of Health & Human Services and the former Wisconsin Governor. You might remember Thompson as the person who pioneered Wisconsin’s landmark welfare-to-work program which became a model for welfare reform here in Minnesota and elsewhere. Now Gov Thompson is tackling health care costs as the leader of the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions, a think tank in Washington, D.C. His organization is advising policymakers nationwide about ways to constrain health care costs. He said 20 percent of chronic patients are using up 80 percent of health care resources, largely due to illnesses related to tobacco use, diabetes and obesity. The number one goal for health care providers and policymakers then, he said, should be to put more resources into prevention." (News Column. A visit with former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson. Minnesota An Innovator in Efforts to Contain Health Care Costs. Press Release, Dec. 8, 2005.) Voted against SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Peppin defeated Grace A. Baltich (DFL) in 2008.

House District 32B - Kurt Zellers (R - Maple Grove). Assistant Minority Leader. Voted against SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Zellers defeated Lee Carlson (DFL) in 2008.

House District 33A - Steve Smith (R - Mound). Voted for SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Smith defeated Nick Thomley (DFL) in 2008.

House District 33B - John Berns (R - Wayzata). Co-author of HF1737, "Cigarette fire safety definitions and reduced ignition propensity standards provided, enforcement provided, fee imposed, and penalties provided." Voted for SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. In 2008, Connie Doepke (R) defeated Kim Kang (DFL).

House District 34A - Paul Kohls (R - Victoria). Voted against SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Kohls defeated Marcia J. Krueger (DFL) in 2008.

House District 34B - Joe Hoppe (R - Chaska). Voted against SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Hoppe defeated Evan Rapp (DFL) in 2008.

House District 35A - Michael Beard (R - Shakopee), Assistant Minority Whip. Voted against SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Beard defeated Sue Bruns (DFL) in 2008.

House District 35B - Mark Buesgens (R - Jordan). Voted against SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Buesgens defeated Taylor Kristoffe-Jones (DFL) in 2008.

House District 36A - Mary Liz Holberg (R - Lakeville). Voted against SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Holberg defeated Dave Laidig (DFL) in 2008.

House District 36B - Pat Garofalo (R - Farmington). Voted against SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Garofalo defeated Bev Topp (DFL) in 2008.

House District 37A - Shelley Madore (DFL - Apple Valley). Member of Housing Policy and Finance and Public Health Finance Division. Voted for SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Tara Mack (R) defeated Madore in 2008.

House District 37B - Dennis Ozment (R - Rosemount). Co-author of HF1737, "Cigarette fire safety definitions and reduced ignition propensity standards provided, enforcement provided, fee imposed, and penalties provided." Voted against SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. In 2008, Phil Sterner (DFL) defeated Judy Lindsay (R).

House District 38A - Sandra Masin (DFL - Eagan). Voted for SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Masin defeated Diane Anderson (R) in 2008.

House District 38B - Lynn Wardlow (R - Eagan). Voted for SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Mike Obermueller (DFL) defeated Wardlow in 2008.

House District 39A - Rick Hansen (DFL - South St. Paul). Co-author of and voted for SF0238, "Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public" [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Bill Jungbauer is the Republican candidate in 2008. "I serve on the W. St. Paul Park and Rec. Board and twice in the last year I have led the fight against liberals seeking to outlaw smoking in the city parks." (Post to ronpaul.meetup.com, Mar. 27, 2008.) Hansen defeated Jungbauer in 2008.

House District 39B - Joe Atkins (DFL - Inver Grove Heights). Chief author of HF1737, "Cigarette fire safety definitions and reduced ignition propensity standards provided, enforcement provided, fee imposed, and penalties provided." "Representative Joe Atkins, Chair of the House Commerce and Labor Committee, called the committee's smoking ban survey a huge success. In just one week online, more than 10,000 people visited the committee's website to take the survey. 1500 people left comments as well. The survey is not designed to be scientific, primarily because respondents choose to take it rather than being selected at random." Answers to the question, "Do you support House File 305, the smoking ban bill?", were: 47.08% Yes, 48.49% No, 4.43% Don't know. (News Release. Atkins Calls Smoking Ban Survey An Overwhelming Success. Feb. 26, 2007.) Voted for SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Atkins defeated Christian Rieck (R) in 2008.

House District 40A - Will Morgan (DFL - Burnsville). Member of Housing Policy and Finance and Public Health Finance Division. Voted for SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Todd Johnson is the Republican candidate in 2008. He owns Titus Construction Inc. in Burnsville. (Republicans take early aim at DFL state Rep. Morgan. By John Gessner. Thisweek, May 25, 2007.) Morgan defeated Todd Johnson (R) in 2008.

House District 40B - Ann Lenczewski (DFL - Bloomington). B.A., psychology, College of St. Benedict; public policy, Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota. Voted for SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Lenczewski defeated Bob Green (R) in 2008.

House District 41A - Ron Erhardt (R - Edina). Co-author of and voted for SF0238, "Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public" [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Keith Downey (R) defeated Erhardt (Moderate Independent Party) and Kevin Staunton (DFL) in 2008.

House District 41B - Neil W. Peterson (R - Bloomington). Assistant Minority Whip. Member of Environmental Justice and Healthy Housing Subcommittee; Housing Policy and Finance and Public Health Finance Division. Co-author of and voted for SF0238, "Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public" [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Co-author of HF1737, "Cigarette fire safety definitions and reduced ignition propensity standards provided, enforcement provided, fee imposed, and penalties provided." In 2008, Paul Rosenthal (DFL) defeated Jan Schneider (R).

House District 42A - Maria Ruud (DFL - Minnetonka). Member of Health and Human Services; Health Care and Human Services Finance Division. Co-author of and voted for SF0238, "Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public" [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Ruud defeated Shari May (R) in 2008.

House District 42B - Erik Paulsen (R - Eden Prairie). Voted against SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. In 2008, Jennifer Loon, who was a Bush-Cheney Volunteer in 2000 and 2004, also for Coleman, Ramstad and Pawlenty, defeated Jerry Pitzrick (DFL).

House District 43A - Sarah Anderson (R - Plymouth). Voted against SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Anderson defeated Clint Faust (DFL) in 2008.

House District 43B - John Benson (DFL - Minnetonka). Co-author of and voted for SF0238, "Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public" [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Brian Grogan is the Republican candidate in 2008. He was Director of 'Jaycees Against Youth Smoking' Campaign. (About Bryan Grogan. Brian Grogan for House District 43B.) Benson defeated Grogan in 2008.

House District 44A - Steve Simon (DFL - St. Louis Park). Assistant Majority Leader. Co-author of HF1737, "Cigarette fire safety definitions and reduced ignition propensity standards provided, enforcement provided, fee imposed, and penalties provided." Voted for SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Simon defeated Tracy Leahy (R) in 2008.

House District 44B - Ryan Winkler (DFL - Golden Valley). Voted for SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Winkler defeated Brad Kadue (R) in 2008.

House District 45A - Sandra Peterson (DFL - New Hope). Member of Health Care and Human Services Finance Division. Voted for SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Peterson defeated Karen Nolte (R) in 2008.

House District 45B - Lyndon Carlson (DFL - Crystal). Member of Health Care and Human Services Finance Division. Voted for SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Carlson defeated Gregg Prest (R) in 2008.

House District 46A - Michael V. Nelson (DFL - Brooklyn Park), Assistant Majority Leader. Voted for SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Nelson defeated Gene Lotts (R) in 2008.

House District 46B - Debra Hilstrom (DFL - Brooklyn Center). Voted for SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Tim Olson is the Republican candidate in 2008. "I would repeal the state wide smoking ban in bars and restaurants provided the smoking section be separated with a wall and door and an aggressive air exchange system, combined with a waiver signed by employees acknowledging the risk they are taking as second hand smoke may be dangerous to some peoples health. Remember, in Minnesota we have 6 months of winter. It’s a little better compromise than an all-out ban." (State Issues. Tim Olson '08.) There is nothing here about exposing the anti-smokers' scientific fraud. It's because of the so-called "friends" who refused to question the scientific fraud, and the anti-smokers' censorship of the media to keep the public ignorant, that the anti-smoker filth shoved their oppressive laws down everyone's throats! Hilstrom defeated Tim Olson (R) and Allan Hancock (Green) in 2008.

House District 47A - Denise Dittrich (DFL - Champlin). Voted for SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. "In June of 2006 the Surgeon General released a report outlining the effects of second-hand smoke. The report presented conclusive evidence linking the second-hand smoke to respiratory dysfunction (including asthma), cancer, and cardiovascular disease. The report also concluded that the only way to prevent the harmful effects of second-hand smoke is to completely prohibit smoking indoors. According to the Surgeon General, non-smoking sections and ventilation systems in bars and restaurants were proven to be ineffective in preventing non-smokers from being exposed to second-hand smoke. According to the Minnesota Department of Health's Tobacco Prevention and Control Division, 2.4 million Minnesotans are exposed to second-hand smoke every week at home, in bars and restaurants, in the workplace, or elsewhere. Understanding the health risks associated with second-hand smoke and the $2.6 billion that the state loses annually for health care expenditures and lost productivity caused by tobacco-related illnesses, we passed a statewide smoking ban for bars, restaurants, and private clubs this session. It will go into effect on October 1st of this year." It passed the House by 81 to 48. One of her pet constituents was was Jane Siekkenen, "a 16-year resident of Champlin who works for Allina Health Care overseeing a database of all patients in local hospitals being treated for cancer. Jane expressed to me her strong support of the statewide smoking ban saying it is a necessary preventative effort in the fight against cancer. According to the Allina database, the number of people being diagnosed with lung cancer is on the rise. She is hopeful that this new legislation may prevent a significant number of non-smoking Minnesotans from developing lung cancer, and other respiratory and cardiovascular disease resulting from second-hand smoke. "("Freedom to Breathe" Law Creates Level Playing Field for Businesses Statewide. Press Release, May 17, 2007.) Dittrich defeated Troy Buchholz (R) in 2008.

House District 47B - Melissa Hortman (DFL - Brooklyn Park). Voted for SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Hortman defeated Andrew Reinhardt (R) in 2008.

House District 48A - Tom Hackbarth (R - Cedar). Voted against SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Hackbarth defeated Andrew Reinhardt (R) in 2008.

House District 48B - Jim Abeler (R - Anoka). Chief author of HF2432, "Evidence-based health care guidelines provided, provider performance evaluations regulated, voluntary purchasing pool requirements modified, and health promotion and wellness provided. Co-author of HF1825, "Smoking in a nonsmoking hotel room penalty increased, and civil and criminal penalties imposed." Abeler defeated Andrew A. Boho (DFL) in 2008.

House District 49A - Chris DeLaForest (R - Andover). Voted against SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. In 2008, Peggy Scott (R) defeated Ted Butler (DFL).

House District 49B - Kathy Tingelstad (R - Andover). Co-author of and voted for SF0238, "Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public" [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. In 2008, Jerry Newton (DFL) defeated Jake Cimenski (R).

House District 50A - Carolyn Laine (DFL - Columbia Heights). Member Housing Policy and Finance and Public Health Finance Division. Voted for SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Laine defeated Timothy D. Utz (R) in 2008.

House District 50B - Kate Knuth (DFL - New Brighton). Voted for SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Knuth defeated Lori Grivna (R) in 2008.

House District 51A - Scott Kranz (DFL - Blaine). Member Environmental Justice and Healthy Housing Subcommittee; Housing Policy and Finance and Public Health Finance Division (Vice Chair). Co-author of HF1737, "Cigarette fire safety definitions and reduced ignition propensity standards provided, enforcement provided, fee imposed, and penalties provided." Voted for SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. In 2008, Tim Sanders (R) defeated Shawn Hamilton (DFL) and Daniel William Sanders (Independence).

House District 51B - Tom Tillberry (DFL - Fridley). Co-author of and voted for HF1737, "Cigarette fire safety definitions and reduced ignition propensity standards provided, enforcement provided, fee imposed, and penalties provided." Tillberry defeated David Balcolm (R) in 2008.

House District 52A - Bob Dettmer (R - Forest Lake). Voted against SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Dettmer defeated Rolanda L. de la Martinez (DFL) in 2008.

House District 52B - Matt Dean (R - Dellwood). Member of Health Care and Human Services Finance Division. Voted against SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Dean defeated Kate Christopher (DFL) in 2008.

House District 53A - Paul Gardner (DFL - Shoreview). Voted for SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Gardner defeated John Kappler (R) in 2008.

House District 53B - Carol McFarlane (R - White Bear Lake). Member of Housing Policy and Finance and Public Health Finance Division. Voted for SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. McFarlane defeated Chris Knopf (DFL) in 2008.

House District 54A - Mindy Greiling (DFL - Roseville). Co-author of and voted for SF0238, "Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public" [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Greiling defeated Mark Laliberte (R) in 2008.

House District 54B - Bev Scalze (DFL - Little Canada). Tom Effertz is the Republican candidate in 2008. "The smoking ban dictates to private property owners how they run their business and who they can cater too. I do not smoke, and if someone wants to run a smoke-free business, they have every right to do so. However, the government does not have the right to control private property usage on legal activities. And with "trans-fat" bans and other nonsense being pushed threw, we will soon lose our ability to live our lives. I will protect private property and the rights of the individual despite personal preferences or tastes." (Issues. Tom Effertz Republican State House Candidate District 54B. Accessed 6/5/08.) Scalze defeated Julie K. Johnson (R) and Paul Gaston (Independence) in 2008.

House District 55A - Leon Lillie (DFL - North St. Paul). Co-author of HF1737, "Cigarette fire safety definitions and reduced ignition propensity standards provided, enforcement provided, fee imposed, and penalties provided." Voted for SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Lillie defeated Christine Jacobson (R) and Bob Zick (Independence) in 2008.

House District 55B - Nora Slawik (DFL - Maplewood). Member of Health Care and Human Services Finance Division. Voted for SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. "If you're a smoker, beginning on October 1 you'll have to go outside to light up. The newly passed Freedom to Breathe Act establishes a statewide smoking ban that prohibits smoking in public places." (New Laws Will Have A Positive Impact on Minnesotans for Years to Come. Press Release, July 12, 2007.) Slawik defeated Joel Wellman (R) in 2008.

House District 56A - Julie Bunn (DFL - Lake Elmo). Member of Health and Human Services; Health Care and Human Services Finance Division. Voted for SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Bunn defeated Kathy Lohmer (R) in 2008.

House District 56B - Marsha Swails (DFL - Woodbury). Member of Environmental Justice and Healthy Housing Subcommittee; Housing Policy and Finance and Public Health Finance Division. Voted for SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Swails defeated Lee Bohlsen (R) in 2008.

House District 57A - Karla Bigham (DFL - Cottage Grove). Co-author of HF1737, "Cigarette fire safety definitions and reduced ignition propensity standards provided, enforcement provided, fee imposed, and penalties provided." Voted for SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Bigham defeated Kurt Perkins (R) in 2008.

House District 57B - Denny McNamara (R - Hastings). Minority Whip. Member of Housing Policy and Finance and Public Health Finance Division. Voted against SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. McNamara defeated Rod Van Vleet (DFL) in 2008.

House District 58A - Joe Mullery (DFL - Minneapolis). Voted for SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Mullery defeated Grant Cermak (R) in 2008.

House District 58B - Augustine "Willie" Dominguez (DFL - Minneapolis). Co-author of HF1737, "Cigarette fire safety definitions and reduced ignition propensity standards provided, enforcement provided, fee imposed, and penalties provided." Voted for SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. In 2008, Bobby Joe Champion (DFL) defeated Yoman Brunson (R) and Roger Smithrud (Independence).

House District 59A - Diane Loeffler (DFL - Minneapolis). Member of Health and Human Services; Health Care and Human Services Finance Division. Co-author of and voted for SF0238, "Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public" [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Loeffler defeated Felix Montez (R), Lynn Torgerson (Independent), and David Joseph De Grio (Independence) in 2008.

House District 59B - Phyllis Kahn (DFL - Minneapolis). B.A., physics, Cornell University; Ph.D., biophysics, Yale University; M.P.A., public administration, Harvard University. Elected: 1972. Co-author of and voted for SF0238, "Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public" [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Chief house author of HF1825, "Smoking in a nonsmoking hotel room penalty increased, and civil and criminal penalties imposed." Co-author of HF1737, "Cigarette fire safety definitions and reduced ignition propensity standards provided, enforcement provided, fee imposed, and penalties provided." Kahn defeated Ole K. Hovde (R) and Ron Lischeid (Independence) in 2008.

House District 60A - Margaret Anderson Kelliher (DFL - Minneapolis). BA (Political Science). Bush Leadership Fellow, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, MPA, 2006. Speaker of the House. Voted for SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Kelliher defeated Eric Franzen (R) in 2008.

House District 60B - Frank Hornstein (DFL - Minneapolis). Voted for SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Hornstein defeated Adam Martin (R) in 2008.

House District 61A - Karen Clark (DFL - Minneapolis). Housing Policy and Finance and Public Health Finance Division (Chair). Co-author of and voted for SF0238, "Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public" [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Clark defeated S. Andrew Sheppard (R) in 2008.

House District 61B - Neva Walker (DFL - Minneapolis). Voted for SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. In 2008, Jeff Hayden (DFL) defeated Farheen Hakeem (Green) and Kirsten Lindberg (R).

House District 62A - Jim Davnie (DFL - Minneapolis). Co-author of and voted for SF0238, "Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public" [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Co-author of HF1737, "Cigarette fire safety definitions and reduced ignition propensity standards provided, enforcement provided, fee imposed, and penalties provided." Davnie defeated Dave Shegstad (R) in 2008.

House District 62B - Jean Wagenius (DFL - Minneapolis). Voted for SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Wagenius defeated Jeffrey Gunness (R) in 2008.

House District 63A - Paul Thissen (DFL - Minneapolis). A.B., Harvard University; J.D., University of Chicago. Member of Health and Human Services (Chair); Health Care and Human Services Finance Division. Voted for SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Thissen defeated Rene Ramirez (R) in 2008.

House District 63B - Linda Slocum (DFL - Richfield). Co-author of and voted for SF0238, "Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public" [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Slocum defeated Ed Field (R) in 2008.

House District 64A - Erin Murphy (DFL - St. Paul). Member of Health and Human Services; Health Care and Human Services Finance Division. Co-author of and voted for SF0238, "Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public" [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Murphy defeated Meg Ferber (R) in 2008.

House District 64B - Michael Paymar (DFL - St. Paul). Co-author of and voted for SF0238, "Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public" [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Paymar defeated Emory Dively (R) in 2008.

House District 65A - Cy Thao (DFL - St. Paul). Member of Health and Human Services; Health Care and Human Services Finance Division. Voted for SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Thao defeated Paul Holmgren (R) in 2008.

House District 65B - Carlos Mariani (DFL - St. Paul). Voted for SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]."'I've been very public about my support for this proposed act. My primary interest is to protect public health and get control of the huge and growing public health expenditures being driven by tobacco illnesses, especially for those inflicted by second hand smoke,' said Mariani. 'My physician recently informed me that at least 1/3 of his patient load is attributable to tobacco. We all pay for a health care system driven by the choice of those who smoke. We also pay for those who become ill through second hand exposure to smoke - something those people did not choose to be exposed.'" (Mariani Advocate of Freedom To Breathe Act 2007. News Release, Mar. 26, 2007.)(Mariani Named Allina Hospitals and Clinics "Legislator of the Year." News Release, Nov. 21, 2005.) Co-author of HF1737, "Cigarette fire safety definitions and reduced ignition propensity standards provided, enforcement provided, fee imposed, and penalties provided." Mariani defeated Lisa Murphy (R) in 2008.

House District 66A - John Lesch (DFL - St. Paul). Voted for SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Lesch defeated Gilbert A. Higuera (R) in 2008.

House District 66B - Alice Hausman (DFL -St. Paul). Co-author of and voted for SF0238, "Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public" [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Hausman defeated Mark A. Roosevelt (R) in 2008.

House District 67A - Tim Mahoney (DFL - St. Paul). Voted against SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Mahoney defeated David McNutt (R) in 2008.

House District 67B - Sheldon Johnson (DFL - St. Paul). Co-author of HF1737, "Cigarette fire safety definitions and reduced ignition propensity standards provided, enforcement provided, fee imposed, and penalties provided." Voted for SF0238, Secondhand smoke hazard public policy established to protect employees and the general public [the so-called "Freedom to Breathe" Act of 2007, Statewide Smoking Ban]. Johnson defeated David Carlson (R) in 2008.

U.S. Senate

Sen. Norm Coleman, Republican, is a co-sponsor of S-625, the Kennedy-Cornyn/Waxman bill for FDA regulation of tobacco. Coleman received $1,000 from Eli Lilly & Co. and $2000 from Pfizer in 2005-2006. Norm Coleman spews health fascist tripe at childfren: "Starting right is key, he said, with eating the right food, exercising and not smoking." A gym full of third- and fourth-graders were forced to put on a skit for the senator on fraudulent "healthy lifestyles." (Coleman shares personal information with students. By Brad Swenson Bemidji Pioneer, May 28, 2008.) He is a candidate again in 2008.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Democrat, is a co-sponsor of S-625, the Kennedy-Cornyn/Waxman bill for FDA regulation of tobacco.

U.S. House of Representatives

District 1, Rep. Timothy J. Walz, Democrat, was a co-sponsor of and voted for HR-1108, the Kennedy-Cornyn/Waxman bill for FDA regulation of tobacco, and voted for its successor, HR-1256 (2009). Brian Davis is the Republican candidate in 2008. Davis says, "We should build a system that emphasizes preventive health care as well as continued progress in curative treatments." (Brain Davis for U.S. Congress. Issues - Health Care. Accessed 6/4/08.) Wrong - we should end the scientific fraud perpetrated by the health fascists to falsely blame smoking and lifestyle for diseases that are really caused by infection. Walz defeated Brian J. Davis (R) and Gregory Mikkelson (Independence) in 2008.

District 2, Rep. John Kline, Republican, voted against HR-1108, the Kennedy-Cornyn/Waxman bill for FDA regulation of tobacco, and against its successor, HR-1256 (2009). Kline received $10,000 from Eli Lilly & Co. and $1,000 from Johnson & Johnson in 2006. Kline defeated Steve Sarvi (DFL) in 2008.

District 3, Rep. Erik Paulsen, Republican, voted for HR-1256, FDA Regulation of Tobacco. His predecessor, James Ramstad, Republican, was a co-sponsor of and voted for HR-1108, the Kennedy-Cornyn/Waxman bill for FDA regulation of tobacco. Ramstad received $1,000 from Eli Lilly & Co. and $2,000 from Johnson & Johnson in 2006. In 2008, Erik Paulsen (R), who as a state legislator voted against the statewide smoking ban, defeated Ashwin Madia (DFL) and David Dillon (Independence).

District 4, Rep. Betty McCollum, Democrat, was a co-sponsor of and voted for HR-1108, the Kennedy-Cornyn/Waxman bill for FDA regulation of tobacco, and voted for its successor, HR-1256 (2009). McCollum defeated Ed Matthews (R) in 2008.

District 5, Rep. Keith Ellison, Democrat, was a co-sponsor of and voted for HR-1108, the Kennedy-Cornyn/Waxman bill for FDA regulation of tobacco, and voted for its successor, HR-1256 (2009). Someone in Ellison's office called Capitol police to report Rep. Tom Tancredo for smoking a cigar in his office - which he had a right to do. Ellison's spoksman Rick Jauert said. that "Ellison suffers from asthma and people in his office are "highly sensitive" to second-hand smoke." (Ellison Sends 'Sorry' Note to Tancredo For To-Do Over Cigar Complaint. Fox News, Feb. 14, 2007.) And those corrupt scumbags are falsely blaming smoking despite the fact that death rates from asthma have more than doubled since the anti-smoking persecution began! Ellison defeated Barb Davis White (R) and Bill McGaughey (Independence) in 2008.

District 6, Michele Bachmann, Republican, voted against HR-1108, the Kennedy-Cornyn/Waxman bill for FDA regulation of tobacco, and against its successor, HR-1256 (2009). Bachmann defeated El Tinklenberg (DFL) and Bob Anderson (Independence) in 2008.

District 7, Colin C. Peterson, Democrat, voted for HR-1108, the Kennedy-Cornyn/Waxman bill for FDA regulation of tobacco, but against its successor, HR-1256 (2009). Peterson received $1,000 from Eli Lilly & Co. in 2006. Peterson defeated Glen Menze (R) in 2008.

District 8, Rep. James L. Oberstar, Democrat, was a co-sponsor of and voted for HR-1108, the Kennedy-Cornyn/Waxman bill for FDA regulation of tobacco, and voted for its successor, HR-1256 (2009). Oberstar defeated Michael Cummins (R) in 2008. Oberstar was an administrative assistant to Rep. John A. Blatnik, who served in Congress from 1946 to 1975. It was Blatnik, a former Captain in the O.S.S, who initiated the Congressional persecution of smokers with hearings held in 1957. As chairman of the Aviation Subcommittee of the House Committee on Public Works and Transportation, Oberstar introduced H.R. 598, to ban smoking on flights of any duration. (Memorandum from Walter Woodson of the Tobacco Institute to Regional Vice Presidents/Directors, Jun. 28, 1989.)

Walter Woodson Memo, Jun. 28, 1989 / UCSF

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