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Indiana Lawmakers May Again Consider Smoking Ban

A statewide smoking ban could again be on the agenda next year during the Indiana General Assembly.leaders of the Republican-led legislature say they would like to revisit the issue.House Speaker Brian Bosma said last week that a ban on smoking in most public spaces could be in effect before the February 5 Super Bowl in Indianapolis. Republican Governor Mitch Daniels says he also supports a ban.A smoking ban was introduced in the 2011 session, but was watered down with exemptions to the point that even anti-smoking advocates would not support it.It failed to win passage on the committee level. The Indiana General Assembly begins January 4th.

Rick Howlett is host of WFPL's weekly talk show, "In Conversation." Email Rick at rhowlett@lpm.org.