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Indiana Senate panel sets vote on smoking ban

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The chairman of an Indiana Senate committee has scheduled a vote on whether a proposed statewide smoking ban will stay alive in the Legislature.

The Senate Public Policy Committee is expected to vote on the bill Wednesday. Amendments won't be allowed to the bill that currently includes exemptions for casinos, bars, fraternal clubs, smoke shops and nursing homes.

Committee Chairman Ron Alting of Lafayette has warned the ban's supporters that they could kill the bill by lobbying for a comprehensive ban that doesn't include wide exemptions.

The bill cleared the House by a 68-31 vote in January, and Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels has said he would sign it. American Cancer Society volunteers are expected to visit the Statehouse on Tuesday to urge legislators to adopt a tougher ban.

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  • FOG
    Always said Indiana was in a fog when it comes to progressive issues. Now know it's really just smoke. It's the workers who are forced to breath the smoke that is a problem.
  • No Real Ban
    With the exceptions that have been stripped from the bill, this thing is useless. As it stands now, it's a waste of taxpayer resources to even consider it. If it were back in its original format, then I'd say it deserved recognition and passage. As it is now, no...
  • Except for cigar bars and Hookah establishments
    I'd like to see everyplace else smoke free. I went into a casino once---never again. I could hardly catch my breath from the smoke and my clothes stank of cigarettes. I was only there for about 1/2 hour. Outside of my grocery store, the stench is so bad I hold my breath as I walk in. Such a nasty habit!!
  • Weak
    A smoking ban when really it doesn't make the entire state smoke free, this is pointless to say the least.

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