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Kentucky smoking ban moves forward but seems likely to get snuffed out
Kentucky smoking ban moves forward but seems likely to get snuffed out

Although its chances of becoming law seem unlikely at best, Friday's vote in the Kentucky House to endorse a smoking ban counted as a notable moment in a state still steeped in tobacco culture. The Kentucky House endorsed a statewide smoking ban in public buildings and most workplaces, with the measure passing the Democratic-led chamber 51-46. The bill now heads to the Republican-run Senate, where it faces a bigger challenge. "After five years of hard work, I’m delighted we’ve gotten it through the House," said Democratic Rep. Susan Westrom, the bill's lead sponsor. "My hope is to see some movement in the Senate, that would be a miracle. We...

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