Under a bill introduced by state Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., the state would block local governments from passing their own rules on public smoking areas. Supporters of the proposal, which would not affect existing local laws, say it would promote uniform smoking legislation. The measure also would make it a crime for anyone under 18 to possess tobacco products and require every business with 50 or more employees to adopt a written policy about smoking.
Should the state pre-empt local governments from passing no-smoking laws? Should minors be fined for having cigarettes? Should companies have to draft smoking policies?
To register your opinion, call SUNDIAL at 783-1800 (or 268-7736 in Anne Arundel County) today through midnight. After you hear the greeting, you'll be asked to punch in a four-digit code on your touch-tone phone. Punch 4600 and you'll be connected with "It's Your Call," The Evening Sun's phone survey on topical issues.
"It's Your Call" represents a sampling of opinions from certain segments of the community, but it is not balanced demographically, as would be done in a scientific public opinion poll.
Look for the results in Thursday's Evening Sun.