Ky. House panel votes to impose smoking ban

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Residents of one of the nation's top
tobacco-producing states would be banned from smoking cigarettes in public places under a bill that has cleared its first legislative
hurdle.

The House Health and Welfare Committee voted 10-2 on Tuesday to
stop people from lighting up inside workplaces, jails, bars,
restaurants, even private homes if those residences are used for
child care or adult daycare.

The measure had been expected to come up for a vote twice in the
past week, but had to be postponed both times because key
supporters had been unavailable.

The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce has endorsed the proposal that now goes to the full House for consideration.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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