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Senate Holds First Hearing On Smoking Ban

Last updated on Wednesday, March 23, 2011

(STATEHOUSE) - The senate holds its first-ever hearing on a statewide smoking ban today, with advocates hoping to put more teeth in it.

A house vote in January marked the fifth time the chamber has approved a smoking ban, but this is the first time the senate has allowed a hearing on it.

Public Policy Committee Chairman Ron Alting notes getting a ban through the house has almost always required exemptions for bars and casinos, and predicts the same will be true in the senate.

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