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Smoking ban appears to be going up in smoke in Wis. Legislature

Publication Date: 2008-03-12
  • Author:AP
  • Publication:WKBT, WI

Barring a last-minute breakthrough, a statewide smoking ban is about to be snuffed out in the Legislature.

The Assembly plans to finish its work for the year on Wednesday and the smoking ban was not scheduled for a vote. The Senate has likewise not taken a vote on the ban, which has to pass both chambers and be signed by the governor before it becomes law.

Gov. Jim Doyle has been advocating for the ban for months but it met with staunch opposition from the powerful Tavern League lobby. The group did not want the ban to start in bars at the same time as restaurants and other work places.