The House concurred Thursday with changes made in the Senate to a bill, House Bill 24, that would bar smoking in all buildings owned, leased or occupied by state government. The bill now goes to the governor for his signature. The House also approved Senate Bill 1086 that would ban the use of tobacco products on school campuses at all times. If the Senate concurs with changes made in the House, that bill will also go to the governor.
A bill that would provide insurance parity to people who receive mental health services cleared the Senate Health Committee this week. The bill, House Bill 973, would provide require private health insurers to pay for mental health services on the same level as what the pay for physical health services. The bill is expected to save the state money spent by reducing the amount of money spent for public mental health services.