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State Lawmakers Delay Vote on State Smoking Ban

Publication Date: 2008-01-15
  • Author:Robert Kittle
  • Publication:News Channel 7, SC

Also reject effort to eliminate local smoking restrictions

A South Carolina House committee Tuesday delayed a vote on a bill to ban smoking in restaurants and bars across the state, opting to wait until after the state Supreme Court issues a ruling in a Greenville case. The justices heard arguments last week about whether local bans like one in Greenville are legal because they're stricter than state law. Greenville passed a ban on smoking in all enclosed public places.

The House Judiciary committee also rejected an attempt to wipe out local bans like Greenville's and one passed Monday night in Clemson, which bans smoking in public places.

Oddly enough, the attempt to eliminate local restrictions was proposed by Rep. Todd Rutherford, D-Columbia, who's the sponsor of a bill to ban smoking in restaurants and bars statewide.