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Statement on the Failure of Texas Legislature to Pass a Statewide Smoke-Free Workplace Law During Regular Legislative Session

NEWS RELEASE: June 5, 2013

“We are disappointed that as this year's Texas Legislative Session ended the legislature yet again failed to act on this important health issue supported by 74 percent of Texans across all demographics and political preferences. Inaction by lawmakers during the 83rd legislative session means that millions of Texans will remain unprotected from the inherent dangers of secondhand smoke exposure in the workplace.

Statement on House Bill 400 by Rep. Myra Crownover

NEWS RELEASE: March 8, 2013

Below is a statement by Claudia Rodas, co-chair of the Smoke-Free Texas coalition, on Rep. Crownover's proposed smoke-free workplace bill:

 

“The Smoke-Free Texas coalition commends Rep. Myra Crownover (R-Denton) for her continued dedication and leadership on this important public health issue.

You're invited to our 2013 advocacy event!

NEWS RELEASE: January 23, 2013

 

We're excited to announce that we are teaming up with Texans Standing Tall to bring you a jam-packed, one-day advocacy event on February 12, 2013 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Double Tree Hotel in Austin.

Rathbun, Estrada, Trawick, Bui: Time to pass a statewide smoke-free workplace ban

NEWS RELEASE: November 26, 2012

Every day, thousands of Texas employees are forced to work in conditions where they are exposed to the harmful effects of secondhand smoke. Additionally, the patchwork of city smoking ordinances that exists across our state creates an inconsistent playing field for businesses and causes uncertainty and confusion for customers.

Rathbun: Estrada, Trawick, Bui: Smoking ban protects employee health

NEWS RELEASE: November 26, 2012

Every day, thousands of Texas employees are forced to work in conditions where they are exposed to the harmful effects of secondhand smoke. Additionally, the patchwork of city smoking ordinances that exists across our state creates an inconsistent playing field for businesses and causes uncertainty and confusion for customers.

Smoke-Free Texas Coalition Exceeds 50,000 Facebook Fans

NEWS RELEASE: October 18, 2012

AUSTIN – The Smoke-Free Texas coalition exceeded 50,000 Facebook fans Monday, adding to the momentum for the state’s largest Facebook policy group. The group had more than 29,000 Facebook fans at the end of the last legislative session in June 2011.

Kenneth Cooper: Pass a statewide smoke-free workplace law

NEWS RELEASE: May 28, 2012

Imagine working at a place where each employee is required to spend a full shift working in a room where the air contains 70 known cancer-causing chemicals, including formaldehyde, benzene and arsenic. As a condition of employment, the employee must consent to this environment or choose to work elsewhere.

Smoke-Free Texas to Continue Fight for Smoke-Free Workplace Law in 2013

NEWS RELEASE: June 28, 2011

The following are facts on the issue and a statement by Claudia Rodas, co-chair of the Smoke-Free Texas Coalition:


“We appreciate the support of our state lawmakers from both political parties for the smoke-free legislation throughout the 82nd Regular and First Called Special Session. We are especially thankful to the bill sponsors, Rep. Myra Crownover (R-Denton) and Sen. Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) and other lawmakers who worked tirelessly to build support and momentum for this legislation over the past several months.... 

 

Statement on Passage of Smoke-Free Workplace Legislation – SB 28 out of Senate Health and Human Services Committee

NEWS RELEASE: June 21, 2011

The Senate Health and Human Services Committee voted today to pass Senate Bill 28 out of committee by a vote of 5-4. The committee heard testimony on this smoke-free legislation at today’s 10 a.m. committee hearing.

Texas Senate Must Act Now to Ensure Passage of Smoke-Free Law in 2011

NEWS RELEASE: June 14, 2011

AUSTIN – The Smoke-Free Texas Coalition and numerous other supporters of smoke-free workplace legislation are actively urging members of the Senate Health and Human Service Committee to take immediate action on SB 28, legislation proposing a statewide law to eliminate smoking in indoor areas of bars and restaurants across the state.  The bill, authored by Senator Rodney Ellis, was referred on Monday, June 13 to the Committee...

Texas Lawmakers to Again Consider a Statewide Smoke-Free Law

NEWS RELEASE: June 3, 2011

The following statement can be attributed to Melinda Little, co-chair for Smoke-Free Texas:

“We are thrilled to have another opportunity to pass a statewide smoke-free law to eliminate smoking inside restaurants and bars, proposed in House Bill 46. The bill filed by Rep. Myra Crownover will be heard June 4 in a special session hearing in the House Committee on Appropriations. This legislation would save thousands of lives and millions of dollars for Texas taxpayers, including $31 million in Medicaid savings and millions more in health care costs, worker productivity, maintenance and other direct and indirect costs of secondhand smoke...

Smoke-Free Texas Coalition Reacts to SB 1811; Launches Effort to Secure Passage of Smoke-Free Workplace Legislation in 2013

NEWS RELEASE: May 28, 2011

“We appreciate the persistent efforts of legislators from both parties who have remained dedicated to passing smoke-free workplace legislation, especially the bill sponsors and long-time champions, Rep. Myra Crownover (R-Denton) and Sen. Rodney Ellis (D-Houston).  Today is the first day of our 2013 Legislative Campaign: We are unrelenting in our determination to pass a comprehensive smoke-free indoor workplace law to protect employees and all Texans from harm...

Coalition Releases Video to Highlight Support for Smoke-Free Workplace Law

NEWS RELEASE: May 26, 2011

AUSTIN – As the Texas Legislature approaches the final days of the 82nd Regular Session, the Smoke-Free Texas Coalition released a new video today entitled “SMOKE-FREE TEXAS: Saves money. Saves lives.” that highlights the benefits of a smoke-free law for Texans and the strong support for this legislation among numerous organizations, business groups, musicians, faith leaders and everyday Texans across the political spectrum.

Texas House Passes Amendment to Senate Bill 1811 to Eliminate Smoking in Bars and Restaurants

NEWS RELEASE: May 20, 2011

AUSTIN – The Texas House of Representatives by a vote of 73-66 passed an amendment tonight to SB 1811 - the Fiscal Matters bill - that was projected to save $31 million in taxpayer dollars for the 2012-2013 biennium as introduced by eliminating the Medicaid costs that result from exposure to secondhand smoke in bars and restaurants... 

Statement on House Bill 670 by Melinda Little, Smoke-Free Texas co-chair

NEWS RELEASE: May 12, 2011

"Smoke-Free Texas remains committed to passing comprehensive smoke-free workplace legislation. Comprehensive workplace laws save thousands of lives and millions of taxpayer dollars. We thank Rep. Crownover for her tireless and continued leadership on this issue."

 

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