House backs smoking ban
Publication Date: 2005-03-24
- Author:JOHN HARRINGTON
- Publication:Helena (MT) Independent Record
Casinos and bars open only to those 18 and older would have until 2009 to comply under the terms of the bill sponsored by Rep. Tim Dowell, D-Kalispell. Dowell said the bill was the result of long hours of talks between health groups, who have long pushed for a similar law and threatened a ballot initiative this fall if the bill failed, and those representing tavern and casino owners, who have long opposed attempts to regulate smoking.
"The agreement lasts only as long as the bill stays the way it is," Dowell said in urging the House to reject any attempted amendments.