Vote on smoking ban postponed

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The House Health and Welfare Committee has
again postponed a vote on a proposed statewide ban on smoking in
public places.
The measure had been expected to receive its first vote last
week, but a Republican boycott forced it to be postponed. Health
and Welfare Committee Chairman Tom Burch postponed the vote again
Monday because some of his members weren't available for a meeting.
The bill would prohibit smoking in businesses, including bars
and restaurants. The ban would extend even to private homes if
those homes are used for child care or adult daycare.
Such a measure has been discussed in Kentucky for years. But
lawmakers in the major tobacco-producing state have been reluctant
to tackle the issue.

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


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