FLORIDA OUTDOOR SMOKING BILLS SLOWING DOWN...
Indicators are telling us that the legislation to allow local governments to enact outdoor smoking restrictions in Florida is coming to an end for 2013 – but they’ll be back.
Committees with purview over SB 258 and HB 439 are not scheduled to meet again this year, and the opposition, namely Florida State Senator Rob Bradley, R-Fleming Island, are waving the white flag for this year, noting of his effort to allow for such outdoor smoking ordinances, “If it’s not dead, it’s on life support in the House.” Senator Bradley has vowed to renew his efforts, and to search for compromise next year. That’s why we cannot stop talking to our state legislators when they leave the state capitol.
By J. Glynn Loope, Exec. Dir. | Cigar Rights of America
With the clamor and flow of awards for the movie ‘Lincoln,’ it seemed appropriate to draw from words of the former President, that link to our modern era, and the effort to protect cigars from the onslaught of local, state and federal legislation.
Lincoln noted, “It has been my experience that those with no vices have few virtues. They just haven’t lived enough to have enough true virtues. For living, truly living, means encountering vices which you hold so dearly, that you never leave them.”
Fairfield, VA -- Cigar Rights of America announced this week a dramatic new measure in the effort to combat federal regulation of cigars. CRA has not just been working the halls of Congress since legislation was filed to protect cigars from potentially threatening regulations by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration. The organization has also been engaging in a brand of shuttle diplomacy among the primary cigar producing nations of Latin America.Last week, following several months of meetings and groundwork, a joint letter was issued by the Ambassadors to the United States for Honduras, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic.