Snag hits PA smoking ban bill

May 12, 2008 2:42:49 PM PDT
A state senator says a last-minute veto threat from Gov. Ed Rendell has derailed a proposed compromise on legislation to ban smoking in most public places in Pennsylvania. Rendell issued the threat Monday, saying he will veto any bill that pre-empts a stronger ban enacted by the city of Philadelphia.

Sen. Chuck McIlhinney, who wrote the compromise bill, said a joint House-Senate committee was ready to vote on his bill, which would have stopped local governments from passing their own laws on smoking.

However, McIlhinney said a majority on the committee fell apart after Rendell's veto threat made one member, Sen. Robert Mellow, reconsider.

McIlhinney said he hopes a revised bill can be ready as soon as Tuesday.


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