AUSTIN -- A proposal to ban smoking in most Texas bars and restaurants was snuffed out Thursday by state lawmakers.
House lawmakers had tucked the ban into a spending and school finance bill, but Senate negotiators wanted it out and it was declared a dead. (My emphasis.)Don't know about you but the kids in Austin must be a right bunch of tearaways, what with their drinkin' and a smokin' and all.
But I'm beginning to wonder if some the House Lawmakers were in the pay of Big Tobacco as...
Attaching the ban to a critical school finance bill also made it an easy target to be killed on a parliamentary maneuver by opponents of the spending plan, Deuell said. The smoking measure could have been found to violate legislative rules against bills that deal with more than one subject.