Friday, March 23, 2007


The House judiciary committee, on which I sit, has approved a broad ban (House Bill 259) on smoking in public buildings. The measure prohibits smoking in most restaurants, bars, offices, and factories. It now goes to the full House for consideration. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Hugh Holliman, a lung cancer survivor, exempts private residences; tobacco shops; tobacco manufacturing facilities, including their offices; designated smoking rooms in hotels; private, nonprofit clubs; and research labs conducting experiments on smoking or tobacco products.

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