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Softened smoking-ban bill advances

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Thursday, February 12, 2009 - 10:07 am

INDIANAPOLIS — Smoking-ban light.

That's how Democratic state Rep. Charlie Brown of Gary described his bill to ban smoking in public places in Indiana after a House committee on Wednesday carved out exemptions for casinos, some bars and certain hotels.

Brown's amended bill cleared the Democrat-controlled House Public Policy Committee on a 7-5 party-line vote and moved to the full House for consideration. The bill in its initial form would have banned smoking in any enclosed places where the public is allowed, including restaurants, bars, bowling alleys and casinos.