--2 Smoking In Bars Again?
Feb. 27, 2017

Smoking In Bars Again?

March 4, 2009, 12:00 am
By Corey Pein
How'd this one sneak by?

New Mexico Senate Bill 329, introduced over a month ago, would once again permit smoking in bars.

In its fiscal impact report on the bill, the Legislative Finance Committee wrote that the New Mexico departments of health, human services and finance and administration "quote a January 2009 Research and Polling, Inc. survey that 85 percent of New Mexico voters reported they were in favor of the current Dee Johnson Clean Indoor Air Act and believe it should remain as written or strengthened."

Further, the survey "also states the act has not adversely affected bar sales according to gross receipts records comparing sales before the law was enacted and afterward. According to the UNM Bureau of Business and Economic Research, in the first two quarters of 2008, bars have rebounded to their highest gross quarterly sales to date."

Presumably, this change in the law wouldn't override the city of Santa Fe's separate smoking ban. But you can bet tavern owners in the city would be worried about losing business to competitors outside the city limits.

I've got a call out to the bill's sponsor, Sen. Richard Martinez, D-Los Alamos, for comment.


comments powered by Disqus

Morning Word: To Protect and Troll

Morning Word Santa Fe Police Sergeant Troy Baker has a lot to say about some of the people he's sworn to serve and protect ... and it isn't nice. ... More

Feb. 21, 2017 by Matt Grubs


* indicates required
Choose your newsletter(s):
January 25, 2017 by Matt Grubs  
January 24, 2017 by Steven Hsieh  
February 15, 2017 by Alex De Vore  

@SFReporter on Instagram