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Lobbyists Flock to Capitol Ahead of Tobacco Regulation Vote

March 9, 2011

By JOHN ESTUS NewsOK.com

Big tobacco companies have hired a slew of influential Oklahoma lobbyists this year to help the industry defeat legislation that would let cities regulate smoking.
At least 13 lobbyists for tobacco companies are at the Capitol this year, up from nine at this time last year, according to the Oklahoma Ethics Commission.
In recent weeks, the lobbyists have ramped up efforts to secure votes against House Bill 2135, which would give cities the power to regulate smoking in public.