(Indianapolis, Ind.) - A bill to ban smoking in Indiana will be considered by a state Senate panel Wednesday.
Hundreds of anti-smoking advocates with the American Cancer Society rallied at the statehouse in Indianapolis Tuesday urging to Senate Public Policy Committee to put more teeth in the bill.
The current version exempts casinos, bars, fraternal clubs, smoke shops and nursing homes from a statewide smoking ban. The cancer society says those exemptions would make Indiana’s smoking ban on of the weakest in the nation.
But, some lawmakers have warned that removing the exclusions would greatly diminish the bill’s chances of clearing the legislature.
The legislation has already passed the House on a 68-31 vote in January.
Governor Mitch Daniels has said he would sign a state smoking ban into law if it makes it to his desk.