Smoke out – Opinion

Now that the regular session is done here’s a juicy, hot-button topic that could make or break a congressman’s campaign.

Senate Bill 368 proposed by Senator Rodney Ellis, D-Houston) and House Bill 9 (HB 9) proposed by Representative Myra Crownover, R-Lake Dallas. SB 368 and HB 9, identical pieces of legislation, would have banned smoking in all public places and all work places. I say would have, because these bills had the good graces to die in committee and die without final vote at the close of the session, respectively.

It looks like this legislation” was a poorly written to start with. If you ask me, someone just wanted to make a name for themselves – “yeah I introduced the following legislation SB368, SB3…”

Here is a short list of who represents. Try to give’m a call (collect).

U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison 202-224-5922
U.S. Senator John Cornyn 202-224-2934
U.S. Congressional District 17 Chet Edwards 202-225-6105
Texas Senate District 5 Steve Ogden 51-463-0105
Texas House District 17 Robert Cook 512-463-0682
Texas State Board of Education District 9 Don Mcleroy 979-255-2538

There is a district map problem in Texas, so the state representative usually changes every session.

Source: The Battalion