The state’s proposed smoking ban would now exempt some veteran’s establishments and small bars under changes made on the floor of the Indiana House. Though he told bill co-author Charlie Brown he was not aware of the specifics of smoking bans in place in Michigan and Illinois, Pleasant Lake Republican Dick Dodge sounded a familiar theme – if casinos are to be exempt from the proposed ban, a similar exemption should be granted to family-owned bars. That logic frustrated East Chicago Representative Scott Pelath, who said that if it weren’t for casinos, he was sure the state would already have a comprehensive smoking ban. Passing alongside Dodge’s amendment were two from Brookston Representative Don Lehe which would allow smoking in veteran’s retirement homes and buildings belonging to other veterans organizations.
From Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Stan Jastrzebski, reporting from the Statehouse.