Miss. Senate OKs weakened smoking ban bill

Published 3:19 pm Friday, February 11, 2011

The Mississippi Senate has passed a bill that bans smoking in government buildings.

The legislation began as a proposal to ban smoking in all public places, including restaurants. However, the bill was changed in a Senate committee to almost mirror current law.

Sen. Hillman Frazier, a Democrat from Jackson who is a member of the Senate Public Health Committee, says the bill gives the House something work with if members in that chamber want to reinsert stronger language.

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The bill now moves to the House.

The bill is Senate Bill 2726.