Looks like all will not be smooth-sailing for Speaker William Howell in his capitulation to Gov. Tim Kaine over the purported smoking ban.
According to Tucker Martin, McDonnell’s spokesman, McDonnell believes that the free market should be allowed to take its course. Additionally, Del. Lee Ware of Powhatan said the following on the House floor:
Today, through a feel-good surrender of another parcel of liberty to The Nanny State, we are chipping further away at the individual liberties and also the social bonds and institutions without which our people can not be free. And of course, predictably, it is in a seemingly “little thing” that this is occurring: the private citizens and private businesses of Virginia are to be compelled by government to ban the smoking of a perfectly legal substance that has for centuries been a cornerstone of our social, cultural, economic, and political life: the smoking of tobacco. And, to justify ourselves, we have first had to discredit (and of course to tax) a single class of people into an inferior status–those of our people who smoke.
AFP has also announced that it will target legislators who support the ban in primaries.