The reason? When the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee, on which Meyer serves, passed a lean budget for the state Agriculture Department, "There was no general-fund money for smoke management," Meyer said. "That's why I voted no."
Meyer said he's talked to other farmers. "We really feel it's important to have the necessary funding to operate that program," he said.
Meyer's bill will be up for consideration tomorrow in the House Ways and Means Committee, which he chairs.