Assembly, Senate pass indoor smoking ban
Publication Date: 5/14/2009
- Author:Patrick Marley, Steven Walters and Stacy Forster
- Publication:Milwaukee (WI) Journal-Sentinel
Smoking would be banned in restaurants, bars and other businesses starting in July 2010 under a bill the Legislature passed Wednesday.
Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle, who has made an indoor smoking ban a priority, pledged to sign the measure.
"Today, Wisconsin is taking an important step to save lives and protect our kids and citizens from the scourge of tobacco," Doyle said in a statement.
"I wish the ban would be implemented sooner, but I am proud the state is embracing the healthy direction the world is going. Making Wisconsin smoke-free will save money in health care costs, improve public health across the state and save lives."
The measure passed the Senate 25-8 and the Assembly 61-38.
Virtually all workplaces would become smoke-free on July 5, 2010.
The Tavern League of Wisconsin fought the ban for years. Though the group lost the battle, it won a concession by delaying the start date a year.