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Smoking ban politics: bill fizzles, but initiative sizzles

Publication Date: 3/4/2005
  • Author:REBECCA COOK
  • Publication:Seattle Post-Intelligencer

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Advocates for a cause usually wait until the Legislature kills a bill to declare it dead.

But with session half over, supporters of a public smoking ban have all but given up on the Legislature and moved on to plan B: a November initiative.

They have raised $150,000 and have already hired signature-gatherers for Initiative 901, which would ban smoking in all public places - including restaurants, bars, nightclubs, bowling alleys and non-tribal casinos.