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Smoking ban passes (for real this time)

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Ryan Nobles – bio | email

The House of Delegates reversed an earlier vote on a watered down version of Governor Tim Kaine‘s smoking ban and today passed a much tougher bill that is closer to the Kaine’s original deal with House Speaker William Howell.

Governor Kaine has already indicated he will sign the bill. (He is scheduled to brief the press at 3pm) I am headed to the briefing right now. I will have updates here and on my twitter page.

Here is the AP story on the bill’s passage:

RollCall-Smoking Ban
By BOB LEWIS
AP Political Writer

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Lawmakers in tobacco-friendly Virginia have passed a partial ban on smoking in bars and restaurants. The measure restricts smoking to separately ventilated rooms in restaurants and private clubs in a state that has grown tobacco for 400 years.

The decisive 60-39 vote on Thursday was in the House of Delegates, dominated by Republicans who have battled against tobacco restrictions for years.

The Senate earlier voted 27-13 for the bill, which now heads to Gov. Tim Kaine, who supports it. The historic measure was a compromise between Kaine and Republican House Speaker Bill Howell. It was substantially diluted last week by House Republicans.
(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

AP-NY-02-19-09 1418EST

Written by Ryan Nobles

February 19, 2009 at 7:49 pm

Posted in General Assembly 2009

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  1. This is a bill that was about 10 years late being passed. I have asthma (I’ve never smoked) and I can not be in a smoky room. I will be able to eat out MORE often in comfort without smelling the horrible odor of cigarettes!!

    Esther Webb

    February 19, 2009 at 11:10 pm

  2. I’m a non-smoker and live with a smoker. I disagree with the ban on smoking in restuarants. Why? Restaurants are privately owned businesses. They should be the ones to dictate whether they will allow smoking on their premises, not the state or federal govt. This is called free enterprise. If people who don’t like the smoking, they can patronize non-smoking establishments.

    Monique Gregory

    February 19, 2009 at 11:14 pm

  3. i am a smoker and i’m all for a smoking ban, i lived in ny, where a smoking ban has been in place for years.even though it was legal to smoke in establishments here i never could, after a while it just felt unnatural.

    kim gray

    February 20, 2009 at 7:45 pm


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