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Letter to the editor: Legislature should honor the intent of the voters

As the former chief medical officer at the North Dakota Department of Health, I know from experience the influence the tobacco industry and their allies can have on the Legislature, Health Department and governor's office. Because of this past influence, an independent advisory committee will be much more effective than the health department in administration of the funds allocated by Measure 3 for a comprehensive tobacco use prevention program.

The voters passed Measure 3 in November and Measure 3 established an advisory committee and executive committee. If the Legislature bypasses these new committees, they will be altering the voters' intent. The people have spoken and the Legislature should honor and respect their vote.

Stephen McDonough