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Statewide Smoking Ban Bill Undergoes Changes

Posted April 5, 2007 8:12 p.m. EDT

— The newest version of a statewide smoking ban bill in the General Assembly would significantly scale back the original proposal.

The original bill, sponsored by Rep. Hugh Holliman, D-Gaston, would have banned smoking in all indoor public places.

Under the new proposal, Holliman said, smoking would be only be banned in restaurants. Bars that admit only people over 21 would be exempt.

The ban would not apply to places of employment.

The new proposal would give local governments more power, allowing them to create smoking bans of their own, even if they're stricter than state law.

The state's judiciary committee was supposed to hear the proposal Thursday but it was pulled from its agenda at the last minute.

Holliman said he is trying to get it onto the next agenda.