(Indianapolis, Ind.) - One of two bills before state lawmakers to ban smoking in public places such as restaurants and bars has advanced through a state House committee.
House Bill 1018 exempts casinos and horse tracks, while banning smoking in other public areas. It passed the House Public Health Committee on a 9-3 vote Wednesday.
If it becomes law, the bill would prohibit lighting up within 12 feet of public workplaces and state-owned vehicles. Businesses found to be in violation would face fines of up to $1,000 for a first offense an up to $10 for a third.
Supporters are hopeful one of the two will be passed and signed into law by Governor Daniels. The governor has said he would sign a smoking ban bill if it made it to his desk.
A smoking ban has earned approval in the Indiana House each of the last two years, only to be defeated in the Senate.