Peace Praised for Vote on Smoking Ban

--Delegate Chris Peace to receive the first TEDDY award for superior representation----Peace defends rights of small business owners and stands for principles of freedom and liberty--

Richmond, VA- The website has awarded Delegate Christopher K. Peace (R-Mechanicsville) the first TEDDY award for superior representation for his vote on Senate Bill 1105.

SB 1105 is a measure to prohibit smoking in all indoor restaurants and bar and lounge areas in the Commonwealth. The bill also requires the posting of “No Smoking” signs and provides for a $25 civil penalty for a violation of these provisions.

Listening to the voice of his constituents from the 97th District, Peace voted AGAINST the measure citing freedom of choice and the needs of small businesses which employs a large number of citizens across the District.

Delegate Peace asserted, “I represent mostly rural communities where people go to certain establishments to enjoy themselves, and that may include smoking. This is an issue of liberty and freedom of choice; people should be allowed to make their own choices.”

The website states, “For always voting to serve his constituents, and usually voting the right way, OVN is pleased to give the first TEDDY award to Delegate Chris Peace. Among other things, Chris voted against Tim Kaine’s anti Virginia, smoking bill.”

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