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2003 Town Hall
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SENATOR BRUCE CAIRNS
Jan. 3, 2003 303-693-6089
Contact: Darin Goens 303-866-5288
SEN. CAIRNS PROPOSING LEGISLATION
ADDRESSING RESTAURANT INSPECTIONS
Denver -- State Sen. Bruce Cairns, R-Aurora, plans to introduce a bill making it easier for diners to check the health records of the restaurants they frequent. The legislation would require retail food establishments to post the dates and results of their health inspections in "conspicuous places," such as near the menu display at the door of many restaurants.
The Aurora Republican said the bill would be a painless way of convening important consumer information to the dining public. Cairns pointed to the recent Hepatitis A scare at a Commerce City fast food restaurant. He said similar incidents can shake public confidence in the places they choose to eat, and in the vast majority of cases, unnecessarily so. Although the Aurora Republican has been drafting the bill for months, he said the recent Hepatitis case has only strengthened his belief in the importance of the bill.
"I first started working on this issue back in October after a constituent raised some good points at a town hall meeting I hosted," said Cairns. "That person made a good point. Restaurants and the public would both benefit."
Cairns says the bill is a win-win situation. Restaurants will do better business if their patrons feel reassured and all Coloradans will have the confidence that their families' health is being safeguarded.
"This bill is just as much about bringing attention to the of top-notch eateries as it is to police the restaurants that have suspect health histories," said Cairns. "This bill is very straightforward in that it simply asks retail food establishments to display their health records where members of the public can readily and conveniently view them."
Senator Bruce Cairns represents Senate District 28 which includes the city of Aurora and portions of Arapahoe County. Cairns chairs the Senate Local Government Committee and serves on the Capital Development Committee and the Senate Education Committee, .
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