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Smoking ban, autism bill not on Senate special session agenda

Publication Date: 2007-12-06
  • Publication:Pierce County Herald, WI

Anti-smoking advocates and families of autistic children will have to wait longer to get what they want from Madison.

The state Senate says it will not take up bills next week to ban smoking in all Wisconsin workplaces and to make insurance companies cover autism treatments. Gov. Jim Doyle went around the state Monday to lobby for both.

Sen. Russ Decker, D-Weston, says he wants a compromise on the smoking bill that his party can accept and it's not there yet. There's some sentiment to either phase-in the smoking ban, or exempt taverns altogether.

Businesses favor the latter option, but Doyle and anti-smoking groups don't.