State Sen. Judy Robson (D-Beloit) said Gov. Jim Doyle should include the statewide smoking ban they both support -- one of the most controversial issues in the Capitol in the last two years -- in the state budget proposal the governor will give the Legislature in February.
Robson said adding the smoking ban to the next budget is the quickest way for it to become law, since the Legislature must fix a $346-million deficit in the current budget by June 30.
However, the Constitution states that the budget bill should NOT contain "other" issues, such as banning smoking, requiring sunshine on weekends, or allowing marijuana-growing for Beloit.
UPDATE: Per comments, the Constitution forbids "local" issues, not "other" issues. My bad.
Doesn't change the below comment, though...
Doylie, of course, is happy to have these stories floating around. He needs a few bucks in his campaign fund (the campaign started about 2 weeks ago...)