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Smoking ban clears first hurdle

Publication Date: 7/25/2007
  • Author:Charles Slat
  • Publication:Monroenews.com

Some Monroe County restaurants already have voluntarily banned smoking, but a state House committee on Tuesday approved legislation that would outlaw smoking in all workplaces, including bars and restaurants.

The House Commerce Committee's 12-4 vote is considered a major step by health groups and other members of a coalition who favor the smoking ban. But the proposal has to pass both the full House and Senate before it could be forwarded for Gov. Jennifer Granholm's signature.