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House lawmakers put statewide smoking ban on hold

January 25, 2010

A bill that would ban smoking in most public places in Indiana is in danger of failing in the Indiana House.

The bill by Democratic Rep. Charlie Brown of Gary would ban smoking in public places statewide except casinos and pari-mutuel horse racing venues.

But the House voted Monday to add exemptions for bars, taverns and tobacco shops. That prompted Brown to withdraw the bill for further consideration, at least for now. He says House members who want more exemptions are trying to kill his bill.

Brown says he's not sure whether he will push for the amended version of the bill or simply let it die.

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