How best to keep cigarettes out of the hands and mouths of children becomes a major issue in the Missouri House. Missouri has so many minors who smoke nearly $10-Million in federal funding has been placed in jeopardy, but deep divisions develop on a bill to crack down on juvenile smoking. Representative Mike Schilling objects to provisions making possession of cigarettes by minors illegal, saying it could be abused by police using selective enforcement. The House modifies the proposal, keeping possession by minors illegal, but prohibiting violators from serving jail time. The House also bans using minors in retail cigarette sting operations. Representative Ken Legan of Halfway opposes the practice. Those who support the practice succeed in pushing the ban off for a year, an effort to appease federal officials holding their $10-Million club.
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