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Kansas House declines to reconsider new law banning smoking bars

Publication Date: 2010-04-30
  • Author:AP

The Kansas House has refused to reconsider a new state law that bans smoking in bars, restaurants and other public places beginning in July.

Legislators approved the ban last month. Some House members wanted to reconsider parts of it, including an exemption for the gambling areas of state-owned casinos.

The House had planned a debate Thursday on delaying the smoking ban until next January. But the chamber decided on a voice vote to send the matter back to a committee, where it's likely to die.

House Minority Leader Paul Davis, a Lawrence Democrat, said most House members don't want to reopen the debate.