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Smoking bill, Judiciary speech among things to watch this week in Alaska Legislature

Publication Date: 2/9/2015
  • Author:AP
  • Publication:Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

- SMOKING LIMITS: SB 1, from Sen. Peter Micciche, R-Soldotna, would prohibit smoking in certain public places, such as enclosed bus shelters; school, state or city parks primarily designated as playgrounds and within 10 feet of the entrance to a bar or restaurant that serves alcoholic drinks. It is scheduled for hearing by the Senate Health and Social Services Committee on Wednesday.

"Why is a conservative willing to take on this issue?" Micciche says in his sponsor statement. "The reason is simply to protect the rights of the non-smoker, save lives and reduce the staggering health costs of secondhand exposure to tobacco use."