Statewide Smoking Ban

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The state senate is scheduled to vote on the bill Tuesday that officials say would reduce the effectiveness of Eau Claire's five-year-old smoking ban.

The assembly version of the bill passed narrowly this summer, but without the support of Assemblymen Rob Kreibich and Terry Moulton.

It does not have the support of Eau Claire Senator Ron Brown.

"Locals have taken the initiative and gone forward with taking care of an issue they thought needed to be addressed and i just don't believe the state should be stepping in at this point and modifying local laws and ordinances," says Brown.

Eau Claire's city council passed a resolution against the state wide ban, which would eliminate the required partitions between smoking and non-smoking sections and allow smoking in restaurants that seat less than 50 people.

Gov. Doyle's office says he does not support the bill.