Thursday, December 16, 2010

Governor Mitch Daniels says he'd sign statewide smoking ban

Daniels tells the Evansville Courier & Press he would definitely sign such a bill because "there seems to be growing momentum" for such a ban.

State Rep. Charlie Brown plans again to sponsor legislation in January that would prohibit indoor smoking statewide in public places. The Gary Democrat has won House approval of a smoking ban with exemptions in previous legislative sessions. This time he's seeking a ban with no exemptions.

Daniels said he hesitated initially at supporting the idea of a statewide ban. But he said towns and cities have shown it's possible to enact smoking bans with significant benefits and minimal cost.

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