Wednesday, February 11, 2009
A bill to restrict the sale of cigarette lighters is meeting with skepticism from a business group and even the state fire marshal.
The measure would require stores to keep lighters behind their counters and make it illegal for anyone under 18 to possess a lighter. The goal is to keep lighters out of the hands of young children.
The fire marshal's office objected to the bill during a hearing yesterday by the Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee.
It says it doesn't have the $248,000 required to start a program for inspecting stores to make sure they comply.
A lobbyist for Kansas convenience stores said some stores may not have space behind their counters. Cigarettes and many cold and flu remedies already must be there.
The committee took no action.