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Battle for statewide smoking ban looming

Publication Date: 2010-02-25
  • Author:Scott Rothschild
  • Publication:Lawrence (KS) Journal-World

House could agree with Senate plan as early as today

A showdown over a proposed statewide ban on smoking in indoor public places, such as restaurants and bars, may occur today.

In the House, supporters of a ban are expected to make a motion to concur with a plan already approved by the Senate.

Both sides of the issue said Wednesday there is a majority in the House to OK the Senate-approved bill, which would send the measure to Gov. Mark Parkinson, who strongly favors a ban...

Landwehr has an alternative bill, but it has been blasted by health officials, who said it would have allowed indoor smoking for a nominal fee, and overturned stricter local ordinances, such as the one in Lawrence. Parkinson called that bill a "fraud."

On Wednesday, Landwehr called two meetings of a House-Senate conference committee, saying she wanted to try to craft a compromise. Both times, no senators showed up.