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Friday, April 15, 2011

Meet the Lobbyist Responsible for Missouri's Low Cigarette Tax and Open Container Laws

Posted By on Fri, Apr 15, 2011 at 9:12 AM

Peanut-butter sandwich: As distracting to Missouri drivers as an ice-cold beer.
  • Peanut-butter sandwich: As distracting to Missouri drivers as an ice-cold beer.
He's the man who famously argued that drinking a beer while driving is no more dangerous than eating a peanut-butter sandwich behind the wheel. And, thanks to him, Missouri remains one of the few states in which you can still have an open container in the car.

He's also a three-pack-a-day smoker with a Senate resolution stating that the airspace around him is -- and forever will be -- a designated smoking area. He's legendary Jefferson City lobbyist John Britton, and the Kansas City Pitch has a great Q&A with the man. Check it here.

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