The Ottumwa Courier

Wapello County

July 4, 2013

No Smoking

(Continued)

Exactly, said state Sen. Mark Chelgren, R-Ottumwa, known for frequently citing Iowa's constitution.

"It's just one sentence, and it says there's no special class of citizens in Iowa. That means we're not allowed to give special rights to one group, or to discriminate against another group," he told the Courier Wednesday.

Do businesses supporting state revenue via gambling licenses count as "special class" in Iowa?

"In my opinion, yes, they do. I've submitted amendments to bills in an effort to fix that. Be consistent. Either eliminate smoking exemptions for casinos [so there is] no smoking, or allow smoking in all facilities that [allow] only adults," Chelgren said.

Whitson said he could accept that.

"Right is right and wrong is wrong."

To see reporter Mark Newman's Twitter feed, go to @couriermark.

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