Many questions for Big Tobacco

Like the Trojan Horse of Greek mythology, House Bill 1353 was rolled into town on wheels of treachery loaded with legislators willing to do the tobacco industry’s bidding.

Like the Trojan Horse of Greek mythology, House Bill 1353 was rolled into town on wheels of treachery loaded with legislators willing to do the tobacco industry’s bidding. It doesn’t take a genius to know that House Bill 1353’s true target had nothing to do with the University of North Dakota School of Medicine, even though that’s what we are being led to believe.

It has become disturbingly clear that HB 1353’s real goals are to put us voters in our place for having the audacity to adopt Measure 3 two years ago.

Neither of those goals makes any sense to me. Why would legislators want to reverse the will of the voters?

  • Could there be any connection between the intent of this bill and that there are at least seven lobbyists in the Capitol registered to serve the interests of tobacco corporations?
  • I’ve heard that things ­didn’t go too smoothly at the Jan. 31 Education Committee hearing on this bill. Could that have anything to do with the fact that one of the tobacco lobbyists is married to that committee’s chairwoman?
  • Might Big Tobacco be so determined to kill our Measure 3 programs because they know it will slash their future profits?

Oof – so many questions, so few clear answers. If I were a member of North Dakota’s 62nd legislative assembly, I know for sure I’d steer clear of supporting House Bill 1353.

source: www.inforum.com

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