House investigating smoking complaint

Clerk: ‘Appropriate legal channels’ being consulted regarding smoking in Capitol offices

Allowing smoking in state lawmakers’ offices violates the federal Americans With Disabilities Act, an eastern Missouri woman argues in a complaint filed this week.

A four-point complaint was filed Monday with Keith Sappington, the state House of Representatives’ operations director.

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“I am being denied meaningful access to the House of Representatives as a result of its policy that allows members to smoke in their offices,” said Rossie Judd, Fenton, in her complaint. “The House ... is discriminating against the breathing disabled (and) failed to conduct a self-evaluation as required by” a federal regulation.


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