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Should the Augusta Commission create smoke-free public places?

by Krystle R. on Friday, September 14, 2012

Election season!

On July 31, 2012, voters headed to the polls for Georgia’s 2012 Republican and Democratic primaries, choosing candidates for federal, state and local offices as well as a number of ballot questions.  But the American Heart Association’s biggest surprise and happiest victory on Primary Day this year concerned a ballot questions posed to Republicans in Augusta-Richmond County.  GOP voters were asked in a non-binding “straw poll” on their ballots:

Should the Augusta Commission pass an ordinance banning smoking in public places?

More than 61 percent of the voters said yes!  This was only Republican voters taking part, but that is a helpful fact.  Several GOP Commission members have been our strongest opposition to the ordinance.  Now armed with this, our Breatheasy Augusta coalition met for a lunch strategy session on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 and built our coalition further! New partners in our fight include medical students from MCG, an increased number of parents of children with asthma and many citizens simply engaged by the ballot question itself.  Our coalition now moves forward with its public education campaign, patterned after our successful fight in Savannah/Chatham County, and hope to see a vote on a comprehensive smokefree air ordinance in January or February of 2013.

So, with the primaries and runoffs over, the vast majority of state House and state Senate members face no opposition from another party in November and, thus, were re-elected on July 31, 2012.  The American Heart Association already is preparing for the upcoming Georgia General Assembly session, which begins in January 2013!

 

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