Ark. House alters smoking ban proposal
Publication Date: 4/6/2006
- Author:ANDREW DeMILLO
- Publication:Pine Bluff Commercial
A proposal to ban smoking in most enclosed workplaces in Arkansas faces a challenge in the House, where a representative said he has several changes he'd like to see in the measure.
The House on Thursday voted 66-19 to amend the proposal to exempt all hotels and motels with less than 25 hotel rooms. The ban, backed by Gov. Mike Huckabee, on Tuesday passed the state Senate 30-4.
The proposal now goes back to the House rules committee, which had endorsed the ban on Wednesday.
Rep. Bob Mathis, D-Hot Springs, said he introduced the change to help small
businesses that would be hurt by the smoking prohibition. Mathis had voted against
the smoking ban in a committee meeting on Wednesday.