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Senate passes smoking ban, bill heads to governor’s desk

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Today the Indiana Senate approved House Enrolled Act 1149, the final version of Indiana’s first statewide smoking ban, by a vote of 28-22. The ban covers most public places including restaurants and permits cities, towns and counties to pass stricter standards. A number of facilities were exempted from the ban including bars and taverns, private and fraternal clubs, established cigar and hookah bars and gaming facilities. The legislation now moves to the governor for his final approval.

Smoking ban timeline:

March 1: Smoking ban progresses>>

February 28: Amendments added on second reading in the Indiana Senate>>

February 23: Smoking ban passes out of Senate committee on Public Policy>>

Audio from the Senate floor during the debate over the statewide smoking ban

SEN. SIMPSON: “Let’s get back to what this bill is about…”  (00:42)

SEN. LANANE: “So thank you to everyone that has worked so hard on this bill…” (00:19)