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The Speaker of the House of Delegates William Howell is under the microscope this week in our PolitiFact Virginia report. During an appearance on “Freedom and Prosperity” Radio, Howell asserted that the Federal Government was making plans to force Americans to role private retirement over to the government to protect social security.
PolitiFact investigated that claim and found Howell’s assertion was so far off that his “pants are on fire”.
You can see their full report by clicking here.
This week’s PolitiFact Virginia report from NBC12 is below-
In a stunning turn of events at the State Capitol, Governor Tim Kaine has reached an agreement with legislative leaders to ban smoking in restaurants in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The legislation has been a high on Kaine’s list of priorities and has been defeated time after time by Republicans in the House of Delegates. This time however, in his final chance to make it happen, The Governor was able to broker a compromise with the powerful House Speaker William Howell.
Smoking in public places has slowly been outlawed in bars and restaurants across the country, but there was skepticism that it could ever be passed in a state like Virginia, where tobacco is such an important industry.
According to a release from the Governor’s office, the “legislation will ban smoking in nearly all restaurants across the Commonwealth, allowing narrow exceptions for private clubs and restaurants with a designated smoking room that is physically separated and independently ventilated from non-smoking dining areas.”
Our reporter Nicole Bell is at the Capitol right now. We will have the latest on this development on NBC12 at Noon and then again starting at 5.