Kacie Starr Triplett, St. Louis Alderman, Sixth Ward, had a letter published in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch of Thursday, May 7, 2009, in support of the comprehensive smoke-free air legislation just introduced by fellow Alderman Lyda Krewson. Triplett is a co-sponsor, together with Marlene Davis and Donna Baringer, but with 28 wards it needs a total of 15 votes, excluding Board President, Lewis Reed.
In today’s on-line Post-Dispatch Political Fix, reporter Jake Wagman addresses the issue in a blog titled “Alderman Triplett endorses smoking ban — will others follow?”
ST. LOUIS — Alderman Kacie Starr Triplett — never one to seek shelter in the back benches — has announced her support for a bill that has the potential to ban smoking at bars and restaurants in the city.
Triplett represents the Sixth Ward, which includes most of Lafayette Square and part of the Washington Avenue Loft District — progressive areas with plenty of trendy restaurants.
By becoming smoke-free, Triplett wrote in a letter published in today’s Post-Dispatch, “St. Louis will reinvent itself and refocus on our most important concern.”
“Creating a smoke-free city is a public health issue that city leaders cannot take lightly or ignore,” Triplett writes. “Our citizens have the right to breathe clean and healthy air. Whether one is a patron at a restaurant, an employee working a minimum-wage service job or a mother protecting her family’s health, this is a basic right to which we all are entitled.”
Along with sponsor Lyda Krewson and her two co-sponsors — Marlene Davis and Donna Baringer – Triplett’s support makes a total of at least four aldermen who have publicly stated their support for the ban, which would require St. Louis County to pass similar legislation for the prohibition to go into effect.
But for the bill to pass it would need support from at least 11 other aldermen — and, possibly, Board President Lewis Reed — which could be difficult with the Missouri Restaurant Association, among others, fighting the proposal.