The governor’s office declined to comment on whether he’ll sign the bill before the Super Bowl while the legislative process is ongoing.
A statewide smoking ban is headed for a vote in the House next week.
Senate Minority Leader Vi Simpson said she believes the public meetings are merely partisan efforts.
This week may have seen the first of a series of skirmishes illustrating the gulf between minority Democrats and the Republican majority in the Statehouse.
The 2011 Indiana General Assembly has begun and lawmakers say its early days may help forecast how ashift in power will affect the Statehouse.