The Indiana Senate has approved a severely weakened smoking ban with exemptions for bars, casinos, tobacco stores and many other businesses.
Indiana senators are ready to begin tinkering with a proposal to ban smoking statewide in some private establishments.
The House-approved measure includes exemptions for casinos and private clubs. It also includes an 18-month delay before the ban takes effect in bars.
The Senate is set to consider a statewide smoking ban as well as legislation that would aside another $5 million for victims of the Indiana State Fair stage collapse.
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels says he hopes legislators will send him a statewide smoking ban bill with a short list of exemptions.
Anti-smoking advocates aren't happy about an 18-month exemption for bars that's included in a bill for a statewide smoking ban, and are aiming to prevent the proposal from being watered down.
Some Indiana legislators are expected to push for exempting bars and certain other locations from a bill calling for a broad statewide smoking ban.
A flawed but ultimately acceptable ordinance that would strengthen Indianapolis’ workplace smoking ban is now headed to the City-County Council. The council should pass the ordinance and Mayor Ballard should sign it.
Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma says lawmakers may seek passage of a statewide smoking ban before the nation's attention turns to Indianapolis for the February Super Bowl.