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Anti-smoking legislation apparently dead for year

Publication Date: 3/18/2005
  • Author:Christina Siderius
  • Publication:Seattle (WA) Times
Anti-tobacco activists began this legislative session with high hopes of enacting a statewide smoking ban. But any chance of implementing new regulations in the Legislature this year was pretty well snuffed out this week.

Nine bills to restrict or ban smoking in public places failed to win House or Senate approval before Wednesday's cut-off day for legislation. Barring an extraordinary parliamentary maneuver, the issue is dead for the year. . . .

Keiser also did not want to count on voters passing Initiative 901, a fall initiative that, if passed, would make Washington public places smoke-free. Despite proponents' optimism about its success, Keiser said that option "is not a slam dunk."