X

Thank you for sharing!

Your article was successfully shared with the contacts you provided.
The Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington, a vigorous opponent of the recently passed D.C. smoking ban, has registered to lobby the U.S. Congress on “smoking in the workplace,” according to Senate lobby disclosure records. The news was met with surprise by the offices of several D.C. Council members last week, who, with the exception of Carol Schwartz (R-At Large), voted in January in favor of the legislation that prohibits smoking in the District’s restaurants and bars. The association’s legal counsel, Andrew Kline, says that his group has been registered as federal lobbyists for years, adding that while there are no formal plans to lobby against the ban, “We wanted to make sure we were covered legally” and “keep our options open.” Uncertain if the association is going to pressure congressional lawmakers to basically overturn the smoking ban, several council members were cautionary in their remarks. Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) says that if that indeed becomes the case, he would view it “as a highly unfriendly and unwise thing to do.” Added council member Phil Mendelson (D-At Large): “I’m not going to criticize them for something they’ve done or will do, but if they go to Congress it would receive an unfavorable reaction from local leaders and generate an enormous backlash with the public.” The council passed the smoking ban Jan. 4 and D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams, who opposed the measure, allowed the legislation to move forward for congressional review without his signature. In a Jan. 30 statement, Williams called the measure “restrictive and inflexible,” adding that the “ban would result in substantial economic harm to bars and restaurants.” The next day, the restaurant association registered to lobby. Congress has 30 legislative days to review the legislation. If members fail to act on it, the measure would become law in early April. A staffer on Rep. Thomas Davis’ (R-Va.) Committee on Government Reform — where D.C. bills are sent for congressional review — notes, “We haven’t heard a puff [from anyone opposed to the smoking ban].” Though he added that such silence was “unusual.”
Joe Crea can be contacted at [email protected].

This content has been archived. It is available exclusively through our partner LexisNexis®.

To view this content, please continue to Lexis Advance®.

Not a Lexis Advance® Subscriber? Subscribe Now

Why am I seeing this?

LexisNexis® is now the exclusive third party online distributor of the broad collection of current and archived versions of ALM's legal news publications. LexisNexis® customers will be able to access and use ALM's content by subscribing to the LexisNexis® services via Lexis Advance®. This includes content from the National Law Journal®, The American Lawyer®, Law Technology News®, The New York Law Journal® and Corporate Counsel®, as well as ALM's other newspapers, directories, legal treatises, published and unpublished court opinions, and other sources of legal information.

ALM's content plays a significant role in your work and research, and now through this alliance LexisNexis® will bring you access to an even more comprehensive collection of legal content.

For questions call 1-877-256-2472 or contact us at [email protected]

 
 

ALM Legal Publication Newsletters

Sign Up Today and Never Miss Another Story.

As part of your digital membership, you can sign up for an unlimited number of a wide range of complimentary newsletters. Visit your My Account page to make your selections. Get the timely legal news and critical analysis you cannot afford to miss. Tailored just for you. In your inbox. Every day.

Copyright © 2020 ALM Media Properties, LLC. All Rights Reserved.