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Statewide smoking ban passes in House

Publication Date: 2007-04-27
  • Author:RACHEL E. STASSEN-BERGER
  • Publication:Saint Paul (MN) Pioneer Press

Differences with Senate bill must be worked out, but governor says he'll sign

After hours of passionate debate, the Minnesota House on Thursday passed a statewide smoking ban on an 85-45 vote.

The measure would extend current workplace smoking bans to bars, restaurants and private clubs. It would allow bars to create unstaffed smoking rooms if local governments approve.

The measure would go into effect Jan. 1, 2009.

Last month, the Senate passed a slightly tougher measure that would go into effect in August.

Members of the House and Senate will meet to compromise on a joint measure to send to Gov. Tim Pawlenty. Pawlenty has said he will sign the ban into law.