House committee postpones vote on smoking ban

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The House Health and Welfare Committee has again postponed a vote on a proposed statewide ban on smoking in public places.

The measure had been expected to receive its first vote last week, but a Republican boycott forced it to be postponed. Health and Welfare Committee Chairman Tom Burch postponed the vote again Monday because some of his members weren't available for a meeting.

The bill would prohibit smoking in businesses, including bars and restaurants. The ban would extend even to private homes if those homes are used for child care or adult daycare.

Such a measure has been discussed in Kentucky for years. But lawmakers in the major tobacco-producing state have been reluctant to tackle the issue.

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