Indiana Smoking Ban in Hands of Senate

by scrosby on February 18, 2009

Hoosiers are one step closer to a statewide smoking ban, following legislation approved by the state House. It now rests in the hands of the Senate.

The Democratic-controlled House approved a version of a ban that includes exemptions for bars, casinos and horse tracks. Those exemptions weren’t in the original bill.

Republican Senator Pat Miller says she isn’t sure what kinds of changes the GOP-led Senate may make.

“I suspect the bill will fare fairly well in the Senate,” says Miller, “what I don’t know is what kind of amendments will be considered here, because I just don’t know what committee will be dealing with the issue.”

Miller is the chair of the Health and Provider Services Committee. She says the smoking ban legislation will likely be assigned to a committee by the beginning of next month.

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Bob February 19, 2009 at 12:07 am

After over a year of experience here in Chicago, trying to ban smoking in small neighborhood “shot and beer” bars is pretty useless. Many small bars in my area ignore the ban to keep their customers, neighbors, and local police satisfied. The problems of undesirables being attracted by groups of people outside the bars far outweighs the issue of people peacefully smoking inside a bar, bothering absolutly no one.

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