provision attached to the Massachusetts state budget that sought to
protect cigar bars from being closed or unfairly restricted by local
health boards was vetoed by Gov. Deval Patrick on Monday.
"I am vetoing this section because it prevents local officials from protecting the public health of their citizens," wrote Patrick in his veto letter.
The budget amendment, sponsored by Democrat Rep. Aaron Michlewitz (a sister bill was sponsored by Sen. Anthony Petruccelli), would have protected cigar bars in cities of 150,000 or more people, such as Boston, if it passed.
"The great thing about this country is that you can choose where you go and what you do and how you live your life,'' said Brandon Salomon, the owner of Cigar Masters in Boston, in a Boston Globe report. "If they do this, they should eliminate cars and McDonald's and all sorts of other things they say are bad for you.''
Three years ago, Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, in a controversial move, used the jurisdiction of the Public Health Commission to order all cigar bars to close by 2018.
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