The Indiana Senate could soon debate a statewide smoking ban for the first time ever.
A Senate committee is expected to debate the bill Wednesday. If passed, the bill would then move it forward to the full Senate.
The current version would only make casino gaming floors, cigar and hookah bars, tobacco shops and private clubs exempt. Meanwhile bars, taverns and nightclubs would have to comply with the law within a year and a half.
Exemptions seem to be the focus of the issue. While many bars and restaurants have already voluntarily gone smoke-free, other bar owners believe the law would hurt their businesses.
Some lawmakers said the bill needs to be strong enough to address the issue, but have the right exemptions to make it out of the Senate.
It is a monumental bill and an issue Governor Mitch Daniels has made a priority in his last year as Indiana’s chief executive.
Supporters want to see the Senate vote on a smoking ban bill sometime before the legislative session ends in just 21 days.
Indiana Senate could soon debate statewide smoking ban
A committee is expected to pass the bill Wednesday. The bill would then move it forward to the full Senate.