CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Delegate Jeff Eldridge (D-Lincoln) opposes House Bill 2208. The bill relates to local smoking restrictions.
The bill aims to ensure that only government officials elected by voters to serve on a county commission will have the power to regulate smoking. It will also create a process by which local boards of health may make formal recommendations for smoking ordinances to county commissions.
Delegate Jeff Eldridge stated that “The public health is of highest priority in protecting our citizens against second-hand smoke.”
Delegate Justin Marcum (D-Mingo) stated he supports allowing the county boards of health to make the decisions.
“Public health is vital to our communities and we need to keep that our priority. By allowing our county boards of health to make this decision we can keep the focus on public health. It also keeps politics out of our regulations on public health”
The bill is currently being debated in the House Committee on Governmental Organization. County commission members have stated that they are not in favor of the bill. They do not desire the increased bureaucracy.