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A few years ago, the Minnesota legislature passed a law banning smoking in restaurants and bars. The ban was passed by Democrats and Republicans alike and signed into law by a Republican Governor. Notwithstanding how you feel about smoking or any objection you might have to government legislating what private property owners can or can’t do with a legal substance on or within their private property, now it appears the legislature is poised to extend the law for one individual. That’s right . . . a law for one person.
As originally passed, the smoking ban included an exception for theatre performances. The law allows a performer to light and smoke a cigarette or a cigar on stage during a performance.
State Senator Barb Goodwin from Fridley has re-introduced a law to eliminate this exception (she first introduced the law in 2012) to address an alleged allergy for one of her constituents. Is this the ultimate example of “micro-management” at a legislative level? Is this what the Minnesota legislature should be doing? Legislating individual problems? What is next? Outlawing peanuts and peanut oil because of allergies?