I wanted to correct a report in your Feb. 14 article "Chesterton snuffs out smoking ordinance talk." House Bill 1018 has not stalled out in the Legislature. It passed the House, 68-31, and has been sent over to the Senate.
Sen. Ed Charbonneau stated at a recent legislative forum conducted by the Valparaiso Chamber that there will be a hearing for the bill in the Senate.
As a supporter of public health, I can only hope that Rep. Charlie Brown's original language be reinstated and the multitude of exemptions be eliminated to do what the legislation is intended to do, which is to protect workers from secondhand smoke. Secondhand smoke causes cancer and triggers heart attacks. The bill also will save Hoosiers a great deal of money by preventing chronic disease and reducing health care costs.
Also, I don't think the Chesterton Town Council has "snuffed out" its efforts at all. My interpretation was that they were simply delaying their proceedings on the ordinance because of the state proposal for a statewide law on smoke-free air.
- Natalie Rivich, Chesterton