INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A proposed statewide smoking ban for Indiana has been
defeated in a state Senate committee, with several members saying they
opposed the many exemptions it included.
The Senate Public Policy Committee voted 8-1 Wednesday against the bill that
had exemptions for casinos, bars, fraternal clubs, smoke shops and nursing
American Cancer Society opposed the proposed ban on the grounds that it
would be one of the weakest in the country.
Committee Chairman Ron Alting of Lafayette didn't allow senators to consider
removing any of the exemptions that were in the bill approved by the House.
Alting said those exemptions were needed to win enough votes to pass.
Longtime ban supporter Rep. Charlie Brown of Gary said he was disappointed
that smoking opponents pushed to have the bill defeated.