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A bill banning smoking in most public places failed to pass an Indiana Senate committee Wednesday.
The bill lost support from two sides – those who believe a smoking ban constitutes government intrusion and those who want a more comprehensive law. The legislation before the committee included exceptions for casinos, fraternal clubs and nursing homes. LaPorte Senator Jim Arnold said that language was just too unworkable.
“If you want a comprehensive bill, they better make it everything,” said Arnold.
Bill author Charlie Brown of Gary said he was surprised the vote didn’t go his way, while acknowledging a total ban could not have made it through the House. Anderson Senator Tim Lanane offered the lone vote in favor of the bill, even though he said it included too many exceptions.
“I was banking on the process going forward and making the bill a bill that might yet work for the citizens of the state of Indiana,” said Lanane.
In the end, even The American Cancer Society did not support the bill, saying it was not comprehensive enough.