The Haves And The Have-nots

6 05 2008

Whoa.

Everyone, including the thousands of state workers in Nashville, have to walk outside to specified areas if they should want to smoke.

State law prohibits smoking inside state buildings, but for those who want to skirt the law and know the right people, there’s a room upstairs for them.

“It’s hypocritical. It’s a double standard, and there’s no way to justify it,” said Drew Johnson of the Tennessee Center for Policy Research.

According to an I-Team report, those who want to get around the smoking ban inside Legislative Plaza need to know state Rep. Joe McCord, R-Maryville, and if they’re really connected, they will be invited back to a room set up for smoking.McCord would not speak with the I-Team’s Jeremy Finley on the record.About two years ago, the state Legislature passed a law that banned smoking in any state buildings

Ben Cunningham pointed this out and links to the lengthy story at WSMV.

And folks wonder why we don’t trust elected folks. Do as I say, not as I do.

Sheesh.

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