Friday, April 27, 2007

Closer Yet

Just a vote and a signature away
SPRINGFIELD -- The Illinois House is set for a final showdown in the coming weeks over whether smoking should be banned in almost all the state’s indoor public places, including bars and restaurants.

A House panel voted 10-2 Thursday to move the proposed smoking ban to the full House, which has yet to debate it.

This year, health concerns have so far guided the ban through the Senate, and House lawmakers could vote by the end of May. A House vote would be the last step before measure would go to Gov. Rod Blagojevich for a final decision.
Anyone know where Blagojevch stands on this? So far, I've been rather amazed at how easily the smoking legislation had gotten to this point. Just a few months ago I was hearing people say there was no way the Illinois legislature would pass anti-smoking laws. Now, we're nearly there.

Update: According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
"The governor's been supportive of public health initiatives in the past that deal with smoking," said Blagojevich spokeswoman Abby Ottenhoff. "But we still need to take a closer look at the particulars of this bill."
I can’t imagine the governor not signing it, but that statement is pretty non-committal.

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