In an era of smoking bans being proposed and enacted in seemingly every state, one Texas legislator is seeking to make sure that no city or county snuffs out smoking in cigar shops.
Rep. Matt Shaheen, R-Plano, has filed H.B. 1279 into the state legislature, which would expressly prohibit any county or municipality from adopting or enforcing an order, ordinance, or similar measure that would prohibits smoking on the premises of a business that allows smoking and for which at least 20 percent of the business’s revenue is derived from the sale of cigars. The Texas Tax Code defines cigars as “a roll of fermented tobacco that is wrapped in tobacco and the main stream of smoke from which produces an alkaline reaction to litmus paper.”
The bill has not yet received a reading on the floor or been assigned to a committee.