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Outdoor smoking bans likely to stay on the books

Posted May 16, 2013

— The legislative attempt to overturn outdoor smoking bans in cities, on beaches and on community college campuses has stalled in the Senate and appears unlikely to make the cut as lawmakers scramble to meet their "crossover" deadline.

Crossover is the self-imposed stopping point for all non-revenue bills in the session. Under the deadline, legislation that doesn't require tax changes or spending and fails to clear one chamber by Thursday night is essentially dead for the remainder of the two-year session. 

Senate Bill 703 was not heard Thursday as the Senate left town for the week. 

It is possible for the measure to come up in other forms, but opposition to a piece of the measure dealing with community college campuses drew heavy criticism.

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  • Fireflies Rock May 17, 2013

    good, it's moronic to even consider repealing the outdoor smoking ban. How many steps backwards can we take, NC?

  • Ex-Republican May 17, 2013

    "Can't they find time to squeeze in some legislation to increase sickness and disease in their constituents? C'mon, we want more cancer!" JustOneGodLessThanU

    Sounds like you're not familiar with the concept of self control.

  • connieleigh4 May 17, 2013

    I think they should ban drinking as well because it offends me! I have zero tolerance for a drunk!

  • teleman60 May 17, 2013

    What would posses the children in the NC Legislature to even consider such frivolous waste of time when they could have been creating more taxes and financial roadblocks for senior citizens and middle income citizens.

    I can't wait for all the taxes increases on us old folks that will be financing the tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy.

    Welcome to republican world where a shoe size IQ gets you elected to govern and governing takes place at night and on weekends to hide from the voters...

  • mammothman53 May 17, 2013

    Good!!! Healthy living people do not want the toxic waste of smokers polluting the air they breathe. Yea well what do you do about all the carbon monoxide pollution from all the cars and trucks on the streets and highways?

  • ThaTruth4 May 16, 2013

    Seriously?! I'm a smoker, but I don't smoke 'directly' under ppl, but I don't think ANYTHING is gonna stop me from smoking out & about, especially on the beach (which is something they're not gonna be able to control, especially busy beaches).

  • mojaintsmall May 16, 2013

    Good!!! Healthy living people do not want the toxic waste of smokers polluting the air they breathe.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU May 16, 2013

    Can't they find time to squeeze in some legislation to increase sickness and disease in their constituents? C'mon, we want more cancer!

    http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/secondhand_smoke/general_facts/

  • beaupeep May 16, 2013

    "Do you really think cigarettes are making the air not fresh?"

    Do you really think they don't reek?

  • blkmamba May 16, 2013

    Every time I read someone saying something about fresh air + smoking, I want to scream! Do you really think cigarettes are making the air not fresh? Toxins and pollutants from factories and farms aren't the real culprits? What about these diesel trucks I see daily not hauling anything but the driver?
    Come on people we are smarter than this!

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