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House approves smoking ban in public places

February 23, 2010

The House has approved legislation that would ban smoking in public places statewide except casinos and pari-mutuel horse racing venues.

The House approved the measure sponsored by Democratic Rep. Charlie Brown of Gary on a voice vote Wednesday. It was an amendment to a bill dealing with various health matters.

The House could vote on the overall bill Thursday, but if it passes it could face a tough road in the Senate.

The House passed a statewide smoking ban bill earlier this session, but only after it was amended to also exempt bars, taverns, tobacco shops and fraternal clubs. The Senate did not consider that bill, even with all the exemptions.

The proposal could end up in a House-Senate conference committee where a compromise would be sought.

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