DC, statehood, John Oliver October 23, 2015admin If you’ve not seen this, I recommend it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Z4j2CrJRn4
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“The District of Columbia has strict laws prohibiting smoking in public spaces. But Congress, as the basic overlords of the district, eluded that ban by making sure that the district’s laws and regulations did not apply to ‘the functions or property of the federal government,’ which include the Capitol. So members may indeed smoke in their offices.”
Congress’ control of the District really is pervasive. The article also mentions a “balcony of shame” for Congresswomen and men who smoke; I appreciate this quip.