(Indianapolis, Ind.) – The light on a proposed statewide ban on smoking in Indiana has been put out in the proverbial ash tray.
The Senate Public Policy Committee voted 8-1 to defeat the bill Wednesday. It had passed the House in January.
Anti-smoking advocates did not think the bill went far enough, because it included exemptions for casinos, bars, fraternal clubs, and nursing homes.
Had those changes not been made, one member of the senate panel said the bill could have been sent to the governor’s desk for signature into law by next week.
With the defeat, a statewide smoking ban will likely have to wait until next year.