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Kentucky smoking ban bill is dead, sponsor says

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A contentious Kentucky bill that would enact a statewide ban on smoking in shared public spaces and places of employment is dead, the sponsor says.

Democratic Rep. Susan Westrom of Lexington said Thursday that despite high public approval and Democratic leadership urging progress on the bill, it is unlikely to be taken up for a vote on the House floor this session. Westrom says it's due to pressure from lobbying organizations and some lawmakers.

House Speaker Greg Stumbo said he didn't kill the bill but that it had been steadily losing support since being filed.

Westrom says she remains hopeful that companion legislation in the Senate will pass both chambers.

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The legislation is House Bill 173.

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