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Sen. measure allowing local smoking limits stalls

Publication Date: 2009-01-20
  • Publication:WDBJ7

A Senate bill that would allow Virginia localities to enact their own restrictions on smoking in restaurants has stalled in committee.

The Committee on Local Government deadlocked Tuesday on two votes -- one to outright reject the legislation, the other to refer the bill to a more favorable committee. The 6-6 votes means the bill can resurface this session before the same committee.

The proposed legislation has been pushed by several localities, which have sought approval to restrict restaurant smoking.