Friday, March 09, 2007

Smoking Ban In State Buildings Advances ToThe Senate

The House overwhelmingly approved legislation (House Bill 24) on Wednesday that seeks to ban smoking in all state government buildings. The bill, which is aimed at protecting the health of state workers, school children, and other visitors from second-hand smoke, was approved by a vote of 107-4. The bill now moves to the Senate, and if it is approved and signed into law by the governor, the smoking restrictions would start January 1, 2008.

Lawmakers have previously banned smoking in the Legislative Building and its offices and in prisons, and next week may begin debate on a bill (House Bill 259) that would ban smoking in most public places, including restaurants and places of employment.

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