Smoking Ban Proposal Clears Indiana Senate Committee

An Indiana Senate committee has approved a bill that would ban smoking in many public places across the state. Today’s vote by the Public Policy Committee was 8-2. The House-passed measure contains exemptions for casinos, private clubs, hookah bars and retail tobacco shops. Bars and taverns would be given 18 months to phase in the… Continue reading Smoking Ban Proposal Clears Indiana Senate Committee

Indiana Senate Panel Takes Up Proposed Smoking Ban

An Indiana Senate committee has been hearing hours of of public comment today on a proposed statewide smoking ban. The House-passed measure contains exemptions for casinos, private clubs, hookah bars and tobacco shops. Bars and taverns would be given 18 months to phase in the ban. Opponents such as Charles Rogers questioned why the government… Continue reading Indiana Senate Panel Takes Up Proposed Smoking Ban

Indiana Smoking Ban Proposal To Get Hearing This Week

Indiana lawmakers go back to work today as the 2012 General Assembly resumes. House Speaker Brian Bosma announced last week that he and Senate President Pro Tem David Long are looking to end the session a bit early after a grueling battle over right-to-work legislation dominated the first half of the proceedings. They’re aiming for… Continue reading Indiana Smoking Ban Proposal To Get Hearing This Week

Another Push for Statewide Smoking Ban as Kentucky Receives Failing Grade on Tobacco Control

Kentucky has once again received a bad grade for lung health from the American Lung Association. “Kentucky received all F’s, again,” says Barry Gottschalk of the ALA’s Kentucky chapter. “We continue to allow our history to impede our future when it comes to tobacco control. We continue to underfund cessation solutions. We continue to underfund… Continue reading Another Push for Statewide Smoking Ban as Kentucky Receives Failing Grade on Tobacco Control

Indiana Lawmakers Return To Work Today

The Indiana General Assembly resumes today. No business has been conducted in the House since the session began Wednesday, as the chamber’s Democrats continued their boycott over a Republican-led labor bill. But Democratic Leader Patrick Bauer acknowledged Friday that they can’t stall forever and said his caucus might return to the chamber today. The so-called… Continue reading Indiana Lawmakers Return To Work Today

Proposed Smoking Ban Also On Indiana Legislative Agenda

Labor-related legislation is expected to dominate much of the 2012 Indiana General Assembly that begins Wednesday, but lawmakers are also expected to again take up a proposed statewide ban. Indiana Legislative Insight Publisher Ed Feigenbaum says it appears a ban is unlikely to win passage unless it includes and exemption for the state’s casinos, a… Continue reading Proposed Smoking Ban Also On Indiana Legislative Agenda

Indiana General Assembly Begins This Week

The 2012 Indiana General Assembly convenes Wednesday with a contentious labor bill topping the legislative agenda. Republican leaders say making Indiana the nation’s 23rd so-called “right-to-work” state is their chief goal of the short, 30-day session. The legislation would prohibit companies that have organized labor representation from making the payment union dues a condition of… Continue reading Indiana General Assembly Begins This Week

Indiana Lawmakers May Again Consider Smoking Ban

A statewide smoking ban could again be on the agenda next year during the Indiana General Assembly. leaders of the Republican-led legislature say they would like to revisit the issue. House Speaker Brian Bosma said last week that a ban on smoking in most public spaces could be in effect before the February 5 Super… Continue reading Indiana Lawmakers May Again Consider Smoking Ban

State Chamber President Backs Workplace Smoking Ban

The president of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce has thrown his support behind a proposed statewide smoking ban in the workplace. Dave Adkisson testified before a legislative panel in Frankfort today. He says ten years ago, it would have been unthinkable for the chamber to take such a position. “The business community now sees the… Continue reading State Chamber President Backs Workplace Smoking Ban

Bullitt County Health Department Approves Smoking Ban Appeal

The Bullitt County Board of Health is not giving up its struggle to enact a county-wide smoking ban and has decided to appeal a court decision restricting its power to create and enforce new regulations. Bullitt County Circuit Court Judge Rodney Burress ruled earlier this month that the health department could not choose where people… Continue reading Bullitt County Health Department Approves Smoking Ban Appeal