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Waddoups' ban may go up in smoke

Publication Date: 2005-02-15
  • Author:ANNA BLOOM
  • Publication:The Park Record

Clubs and taverns may not have to change their tobacco burning ways

The once 16-vote-strong Senate Bill 77, which amends the Indoor Clean-Air Act to include taverns and private clubs, remains circled on the board. The Senate has not discussed the bill since January 28 and it's up to the sponsor, Senator Michael Waddoups, R-Taylorsville, to un-circle the bill. Since the third reading, Waddoups, who has been determined to ban smoking for the public good, has been hesitant and will be waiting until Tuesday to open the bill up for a final vote. He needs 15 votes to pass the bill along to the House of Representatives, and at this point, he reports, he only has 13.

"Usually when a bill is circled this long it means it does not have enough votes to pass and the sponsor is working on improving its chances," Senator Ron Allen, D-Stansbury Park, told The Record.