News From Terre Haute, Indiana

March 9, 2012

Indiana legislators approve smoking restrictions

TOM DAVIES
Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Senate has narrowly approved a statewide smoking ban proposal, sending it to the governor for his expected signature into law.

The ban approved by senators in a 28-22 vote today will still give people plenty of places to light up since it exempts Indiana’s bars, casinos and private clubs such as veterans and fraternal organizations.

Lawmakers seeking a tougher ban swallowed hard on the compromise, saying it was better to approve some type of ban now and come back for more extensive restrictions later. Public health advocates argued the measure was too weak after bars were cut out of the ban.

The House approved the ban Thursday night. Gov. Mitch Daniels made adoption of a smoking ban part of his legislative agenda.