Governor Mitch Daniels says he’s willing to help the cause, but a Senate backer of the bill says entrenched feelings may get in the way of a comprehensive ban.
The smoking ban received the most attention in the Indiana legislature this week. The General Assembly also passed bills on stage regulations and police entry.
The Indiana Senate passed a statewide smoking ban Wednesday, but there’s still work to be done before the bill can reach the governor.
One author of the statewide smoking ban says the legislation has been butchered by the Senate.
Talk of the statehouse this week included Fort Wayne Republican Representative Bob Morris' statements about the Girl Scouts.
Restaurant owners say the exemption plays favorites and could push customers away from businesses that are not exempt.
Bars and taverns would be exempt from the smoking ban for the next 18 months under this version of the bill.
Medical experts say studies show an Indianapolis smoking ban is likely to have an effect for both smokers and non-smokers.
The Indiana Senate has never passed a smoking ban out of committee. Politicians say this year's bill has bipartisan support.
The bill originally exempted the gaming floors of gambling facilities, cigar and hookah bars, tobacco shops and social clubs.