A longtime Indiana legislator who was a leader of the state's public smoking law says he won't seek re-election next year.
Rep. Charlie Brown, D-Gary, was first elected to the Indiana House in 1982, but said he's decided it's time to end his frequent long drives to the Statehouse in Indianapolis.
The 79-year-old Brown told The Times of Northwest Indiana that his health remains good and he plans to announce soon a 2018 campaign for a local government office in Lake County.
Brown pushed for several years for limits on smoking before the Legislature in 2012 approved statewide restrictions for most public places and businesses. Brown said he'll work during his final legislative session toward ending the ban's exemptions for bars, casinos and private clubs.