The deadline for a third reading is Jan. 31.
- make it out of committee
- be amended (if needed)
- pass by Jan. 31
From there, it must go through the same process in the opposite house, before it can be signed into law by Governor Mitch Daniels.
Back in December, after a city-wide smoking ban was not approved by the City-County Council, House Speaker Brian Bosma spoke up. He alluded to a potential statehouse fast-track of smoking legislation.
On Tuesday, Republican representatives clarified the speaker's stance.
"Given the failure of the local effort, it may be important for the house to deal with it promptly," said Lindsay Grace, Smoke Free Indy.
How prompt? That remains to be seen, but on the committee schedule Speaker Bosma plans to "hit the ground running" during the session. A smoking ban is at the top of the list.
"We want to make sure we get the right bill passed," said Grace.
Even with December's no vote, the local effort continues. Grace said the city is trying to reach an agreement before the state does.
She said a new ordinance is set to be introduced on Jan. 9. It could be voted on by the end of the month, but getting something done by Feb. 5 is not a top priority.
"It is very important to us that we err on the side of getting the right bill passed, as opposed to something that we hurry through," said Grace.