Smoking ban passes (for real this time)
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:
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.
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