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More from Smoking Ban Author, Opponent

February 16, 2009

In each of the past two years, Indiana health advocates have tried unsuccessfully to secure a statewide ban on smoking in most enclosed public places. In 2007, the state Senate removed the provision from a health-care funding bill that had already passed the House. Last year, a proposed ban died in committee. But this session, the measure is back once again. The introduced version, in fact, was even more stringent than its predecessors. This week, however, a House committee carved out several broad exemptions before advancing the bill to the full chamber for consideration. Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Marianne Holland spoke with the bill’s author, Democratic Representative Charlie Brown of Gary, and its major opponent, Brad Klopfenstein, executive director of the Indiana Licensed Beverage Association.

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