Pa. Senate rejects smoking ban

June 4, 2008 10:08:47 AM PDT
The state Senate has rejected a compromise bill to ban smoking in most workplaces and public spaces in Pennsylvania.

The chamber voted 31-19 against the measure after Democratic senators complained that it does not let Allegheny County and Scranton enforce stronger ordinances.

Those two jurisdictions approved local bans. But a court struck down Allegheny County's last year, and Scranton never enforced its own, fearing a similar fate.

The bill would bar every county and municipality except for one from enacting its own smoking ban.

It would let stand Philadelphia's year-and-a-half-old ban, the only active local smoking ordinance in the state.

The next step for the bill is not clear.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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