LAKE COUNTY – Friday, former Lake County sheriff Mark Curran expressed on Facebook his disgust with yet another personal right-limiting bill passing through the Illinois General Assembly this spring. A measure that former Gov Bruce Rauner vetoed is headed for Gov JB Pritzker's desk and he's going to sign it. The bill makes it illegal for anyone in Illinois under age 21 to smoke or vape.
"You can have genital mutilation at age 16 but not smoke a cigar until you're 21? Way to go, Illinois," Curran posted above a photo of him and one of his sons. "Anything they can do to lengthen you life and corrupt your soul because that is all there is for our Pagan Government.
"This law will not be adhered to in my house," he declared.
The bill amends
the Prevention of Tobacco Use by Minors and Sale and Distribution of Tobacco Products Act. Changes the name of the Act to the Prevention of Tobacco Use by Persons under 21 Years of Age and Sale and Distribution of Tobacco Products Act. Raises the age for whom tobacco products, electronic cigarettes, and alternative nicotine products may be sold to and possessed by from at least 18 years of age to at least 21 years of age. Defines "electronic cigarette". Repeals the Smokeless Tobacco Limitation Act. Amends various other Acts to make conforming changes. Effective July 1, 2019.
So what are your thoughts? Should law enforcement defy a law with which he disagrees? Or has Springfield just gone too, too far?
HB 345 sponsored by Rep. Camille Y. Lilly - Tim Butler - Debbie Meyers-Martin, Sonya M. Harper, Daniel Didech, Nicholas K. Smith, Robert Martwick, Will Guzzardi, Theresa Mah, Margo McDermed, Ann M. Williams, Monica Bristow, Marcus C. Evans, Jr., Sara Feigenholtz, Emanuel Chris Welch, Maurice A. West, II, Anne Stava-Murray, Karina Villa, Elizabeth Hernandez, Justin Slaughter, Kelly M. Cassidy, Katie Stuart, Yehiel M. Kalish, William Davis, Deb Conroy, Michelle Mussman, Carol Ammons, Anna Moeller, Terra Costa Howard, Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz, Joyce Mason, Melissa Conyears-Ervin, Lamont J. Robinson, Jr., LaToya Greenwood, Luis Arroyo, Martin J. Moylan, Mary Edly-Allen, Aaron M. Ortiz, John C. D'Amico, Diane Pappas, Delia C. Ramirez, Celina Villanueva, Curtis J. Tarver, II, Gregory Harris, Bob Morgan, Jehan Gordon-Booth, Rita Mayfield, John Connor, Jonathan Carroll, Mark L. Walker, Natalie A. Manley and La Shawn K. Ford
The roll calls: