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Smoking ban smolders on in Kansas Legislature

Publication Date: 2009-03-31
  • Publication:Prime Buzz (Kansas City Star blog)

The Kansas Senate has passed another proposal to ban public smoking statewide, but there's little reason to believe it stands a chance in the House.

The measure would ban smoking in bars, restaurants and other public places. The Senate passed the bill 25-15. It's the second time this year the Senate has passed a smoking ban.

The earlier version got stuck in the House where it was tabled by a committee.

Sen. David Wysong, a Mission Hills Republican and the prime supporter of the ban, acknowledges the legislation faces a tough crowd in the House. But he said a House vote would help proponents strategize for next year.